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Oklahoma tornadoes: Officials assess damage to $88 million Edmond medical complex

Major damage is reported to three Edmond homes. Cathy and Roland Dawson rode out the storm under stairs at 2500 Kingston Terrace as Sunday's tornado hit in Edmond The $88 million Mercy Edmond I-35 medical complex, which was under construction, also was damaged.
by Diana Baldwin Published: May 20, 2013

The Dawsons hid under stairs that lead to the attic.

“The wind came through,” Roland Dawson said. “I think we got the tail of it. Our house would be gone if it touched down.”

Lorna Nathe, 2408 Kingston Terrace, said she wasn't home, but she heard about the tornado on the radio.

“As I was coming in I thought someone was teasing me,” Nathe said. Her house had roof damage and the air-conditioning unit was moved from its foundation. Trees in her front yard were twisted and broken.

Mercy Health Center officials were meeting Monday morning to access the damage to the new medical complex. Windows were broken and the roof was damaged.

The three-story medical complex sits southwest of Interstate 35 and 15th Street. Construction on the 206,000-square-foot building started July 5, 2011. It was scheduled to open in July.

No one was on site when the tornado hit, spokeswoman Rachel Wright said.

by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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