Osage County, northeast Oklahoma suffered storm damage
Northeast Oklahoma residents watched closely Thursday night as tornadoes tore through the heart of the state, reminiscent of four years earlier.
But while most people focused on the Oklahoma City area as twisters dropped from the sky, conditions changed rapidly elsewhere.
Osage County Sheriff Russell Cottell said a tornado struck shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday north of Fairfax, causing damage but no injuries.
"We were watching TV on what tornadoes were doing down there (in the Oklahoma City area) when they (newscasters) came on and said we had one near us, Cottell said. "It hit north of town and traveled through the county to the northeast.
"It knocked down lots of fences, a house and hay barn in the Little Chief community (about five miles southeast of Burbank) and one other vacant house, and it killed some cattle.
No one was home at the house at Little Chief that was destroyed, Cottell said.
Mike Patterson, Osage County emergency management director, said 21 cattle were killed in that area. Most of them belonged to one rancher whose house also was damaged.
About six miles west of Pawhuska off U.S. 60, the storm destroyed a house and barn and killed three horses, Patterson said.
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