Emergency officials blame a heat burst for damaging winds that hit Woodward late Friday.
Gusts of almost 80 mph were recorded just after 10:15 p.m. when a pocket of very warm air caused the temperature to rapidly shoot up into the 90s, said Matt Lehenbauer, director of Woodward/Woodward County Emergency Management.
The winds caused significant roof damage to the local Dairy Queen and a meat processing plant, as well as several area homes, Lehenbauer said.
The winds also flipped over and destroyed a 33-foot tornado command posts parked in Woodward since a powerful tornado hit the town in April.
Thankfully, nobody was injured during the freak weather conditions, he said.
“We've got most of the debris from last night's storm cleaned up already — the worst part is with homeowners and their insurance claims,” he said. “This will be their third time in six or seven weeks.”
Lehenbauer said several homes lost carports during the high winds Friday night. The power was knocked out overnight for much of the town, he said, but it was restored by Saturday morning.