Confirmed EF-1 tornado destroys woman's barn in Pontotoc County

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - Residents in Pontotoc County are surveying the damage after the National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado went through the area Sunday night.

Dana Hill said she has lived in the northwest corner of Pontotoc County for 20 years, near the intersection of Highway 3W and County Road 1450.

She said she got an alert on her phone to take shelter and heard the wind pick up while in her safe room.

"Before that, it was just mostly hard rain and some hail," Hill said.

A while later, she got a knock on her door and someone said her barn was completely gone.

Hill said she has lived in Oklahoma since she was 16 and had never had this much damage happen to her own property.

'The doors have blown off before but stuff was still inside," Hill said. "This time, it's just everywhere and it's a lot to clean up."

Everything from tools to clothes to Christmas decorations were scattered along the ground.

The twisted remnants of the of the barn were picked up in the wind and landed on the other side of the highway.

Despite the big clean up ahead, Hill said she is happy her home, about 50 feet away from the barn, was not touched in the storm.

"I'm very happy," Hill said. "That's just stuff."

Chad Letellier, director of Pontotoc County Emergency Management, said the rest of the county had damage to trees and some power lines.

One occupied home southeast of Ada had minor roof damage as well.

Letellier said his office is still working to assess the damage.

'Especially if there's an occupied home somewhere, we don't want to miss that," he said. "We want to make sure that all of our citizens are taken care of."

Meanwhile, Hill said she will get help from friends on the clean up and plans to rebuild her barn.

"And figure out what I'm going to do with the stuff until it's rebuilt," she said.