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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

A dozen homes and Mercy Edmond I-35, an $88 million medical complex and wellness center under construction, were damaged Sunday when a tornado touched down in southeast Edmond, the city's emergency management coordinator said Monday.

No injuries were reported. Three homes had major damage and eight had minor damage.

“Edmond really dodged a bullet,” Matt Stillwell said. “We are watching again today. We are coordinating with the schools and keeping a watch.”

Six of the damaged homes are in Thornebrook Village, located between 15th and 33rd streets west of Bryant. Five of the homes are west of Arcadia Lake and one is north of Arcadia Lake, east of Midwest Boulevard.

“This is all preliminary,” Stillwell said. “We'll look further today.”

Tree damage was reported throughout the city.

The roof and upper portion were ripped from the two-story home of Cathy and Roland Dawson, 2500 Kingston Terrace. The Dawsons were taking shelter in the house when the tornado hit.

A large flagpole in the front yard was bent and the flag blew in the wind. Holes in the garage revealed two Corvettes, which were not damaged.

“I'm shaky,” Cathy Dawson said as she walked into her backyard where fences lay on the ground like dominoes. “I had just gotten home five minutes before it hit.”

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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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