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Tornado in Norman turns cake creations into messy debris.
by Andrew Knittle Published: April 14, 2012

“The front door swung open and so I ran over there to close it and lock it and the windows kind of flexed in,” Henning said. “And that's when I noticed the street sign kind of bent over and it just looked like a hurricane out there. As soon as we got in the walk-in we heard the crashes and bangs.”

Henning estimated the whole ordeal played out in three minutes or less.

“It was kind of scary,” he said. “It was more exciting than anything. But it happened too fast.”

Despite the damage, Henning said Sugar's customers will get their orders over the weekend. Three or four weddings and several birthday parties and other special events are counting on Sugar to deliver, regardless of the act of nature that slung cakes all over the place.

“We had some brides call in about their cakes already,” he said, a can of beer in one hand. “They seemed more concerned about them than our safety ... but that's the way it goes, I guess.

“Tomorrow's going to be a long day.”

Given the close call and the several tons of steel resting mere feet from the business, things certainly could've been worse.

by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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