Reggie Ayers and his family were watching the storms develop around 4 p.m. Sunday, and the air felt eerie he said. They saw the winds whipping around in the sky but not on the ground at their home in the Hidden Valley addition in southeast Edmond, just west of Bryant and north of 33rd.
“It looked like it was going very fast but we couldn't see it. ... It seemed like the wind was coming from several directions up high,” said Ayers.
As they sought shelter in the hidey hole in their garage, the entire family felt the pressure change in the air — all at once, the entire family's ears popped.
While hiding from the storm, they heard the debris pelting their house and trees cracking. They emerged to see trees downed all over their property, including a cottonwood tree estimated to be about 100 years old.
This was our favorite tree,” he said.
Another tree landed on the edge of their house, damaging the roof. Winds also twisted off a section of their roof and laid it on the ground in their backyard. A section of their neighbor's fence was blown into the green belt of fallen trees behind their house.
They heard the wind whistling with a short roar that is often described to accompany a tornado.
“Even though we were all in it, we are extremely lucky,” he said.
Judy Pendergraft was with her family in the cellar at her home in the Hidden Valley addition just west of Bryant and north of 33rd when she heard the storm roll in.
By about 6 p.m. on Sunday, she had her grandsons, nephews and friends using chainsaws to cut up the 35-year-old tree that had fallen directly across her driveway and damaged some of the cars parked there. The tree uprooted the concrete sidewalk next to her house.
“I didn't really want to come out (of the cellar),” she said. “I heard them saying, ‘oh no'” when they saw the tree.
A neighbor's trampoline is twisted at the top of Herb Deaton's tree in his backyard, where trees were down. A tree was also down in the front, and next to his property were uprooted cottonwoods with root balls taller than a teenager. The hole that the uprooting created was filled with water.
“I was just backing into my closet when it hit,” Deaton said.