Crews, residents clean up, repair storm damage in Tishomingo

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (KXII) The sounds of chainsaws rang through the neighborhood on the south side of Tishomingo as people cut up fallen trees and cleared debris from Friday night's storms.

Rickee Wells lives near the intersection of 18th and Broadway, where a large tree fell on his house.

"We heard what sounded like hail, to me, for about 30, 45 seconds and then the tree came crashing down after that," Wells said.

Around 9 p.m., Wells was in the front of his house with family and friends.

He said the tree landed on the back side of his house where his son and wife usually sleep, covering their beds in roof supports and sheet rock.

"So, I'm just happy nobody was back there, to be honest with you."

Lafawnda Anzures said she was watching weather reports when the storm picked up a few seconds later.

She gathered all of her family together in a room since they didn't have time to make it to their storm shelter.

"As odd as it was and as scary as it was, I was thinking just get somewhere because I felt like it was an actual tornado that was going to suck the house right on up," Anzures said.

The strong winds blew her porch roof on to the other side of her house, split a large tree and ripped the metal roofing off her carport.

OG&E crews also repaired broken electric poles and restored power to homes in the area that had been without power since around 9 p.m. Friday.

A map of outages with OG&E reported 142 customers without power at 9:30 p.m.

Despite the damage, Tishomingo residents said they are thankful no one was hurt.

"We were all spared by the grace of God," Anzures said. "I'm happy for that. I mean, everything else can be replaced and fixed. So that's the important thing, that everybody was safe."



 
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