A tornado that killed one person in Dover nearly leveled the town of Mulhall, where virtually every structure was damaged.
Bank vice president Perry Patterson took refuge inside his bank.
"The walls shook like Jell-O," Patterson said.
Mulhall, a town of about 200, is about 50 miles north of Oklahoma City.
A church in Mulhall was moved off its foundation and dropped on top of a house 15 feet away. Mulhall also lost its water tower in the storm, causing local officials to worry about supplying the community with drinking water.
For Stroud, a late-night tornado could be an economic disaster. Roughly 10 percent of its population was unemployed Tuesday after the tornado wrecked Tanger Outlet Mall, the town's largest employer with some 350 workers. Stroud is about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
Local civic leaders were anxiously awaiting word from Tanger Outlet Malls headquarters in Greensboro, N.C., on whether they would rebuild the 53-store mall that pumps $150,000 a month in sales tax revenue into the town that has grown from 2,200 to 3,600 since it opened in July 1992.
The mall has also spawned numerous support businesses such as convenience stores and restaurants. Some 700 jobs in Stroud could be affected.
The tornado also tore the roof off the local hospital and leveled another major employer, Sygma Trucking Company.
In Sapulpa, some two dozen houses and another two dozen mobile homes were damaged in a tornado that struck just after midnight. Sapulpa is directly west of Tulsa.
B.J. Pope of the Creek County Emergency Management Services, said the tornadoes skipped across Creek County.
"What we were dealing with was a tail-whip tornado," Pope said. "It works like the end of a rope. It would damage a structure here and then whip over two or three blocks and get another one. It was a dangerous situation."