Towns Pummeled By Twisters

From Staff Reports Published: May 4, 1999

> 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."

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