At least one person was killed in a tornado that swept through Tushka in Atoka County about 8 p.m. Thursday.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Michaelann Ooten said the state medical examiner reported one death in Tushka and further damage assessments are under way.
The state Transportation Department reported U.S. 69 northbound at Tushka was closed temporarily because of trucks and trees that were scattered across the road. Emergency management personnel have been sent to the scene to help local officials.
The community of Tushka and an area north of Atoka was hit real hard, said Don Walker, Atoka city manager.
“There are lots of injuries,” Walker said.
Mark Cain, who lives near Tushka, watched the destruction taking place within about a half-mile of his house Thursday night.
“I could see trees flipping across pastures and an occasional piece of sheet metal,” Cain said. “You could see it and what it was tearing up. It was a little nerve wracking. Everybody got panicked, and I was trying to stay calm.”
Damage also has been reported near Hominy in Osage County, near Stroud in Lincoln County and near Madill in Marshall County.
Marshall County Emergency Management Director Hubert Weaver said a tornado overturned three tractor-trailers and damaged power lines near Madill, and three structures had roof damage.
Weaver said the storm hit east of town near State Highway 99.
Chelsea Blackwood the manager of a Sonic restaurant in Madill said winds were blowing fast for about an hour, making it difficult for car hops to deliver orders and to handle money.
Blackwood said the employees had an emergency plan in place to take cover in a walk-in freezer but did not end up having to do that.
Blackwood said one customer left when he noticed a rotation forming in the sky but eventually returned.
Osage County deputy emergency management director Adrian Horn says a twister touched down near Hominy afternoon, damaging at least one home and a business, and knocking down telephone poles, power lines and trees.
She said there were no reports of injuries.
In Lincoln County, Emergency Management Director Joey Wakefield said a tornado touched down near Stroud. Wakefield said officials aren't sure if windows that were blown out at a restaurant and an awning that was damaged at a convenience store were due to the tornado or straight-line winds.
In Delaware County a mobile home was destroyed in Eucha, said Robert Real, Delaware County Emergency Management Director.
Four people were inside the mobile home when the storm hit but are safe and suffered no injuries, he said.
The mobile home is in the Eucha area near Round Springs Cemetery.
A propane tank was partially inside the mobile home leaving rescue workers no way to shut it off, he said.
A man dug through the debris and pulled out his wife and two children, Real said. A daughter suffered a minor injury to her ankle and was taken to a hospital, he said.
The winds tore through a 100-square yard area uprooting trees, he said.
Real said it isn't known if a tornado touchdown or if the damage was caused by straight line winds or a microburst.