Storms rip through Bryan County, leaving damage and taking out power

Published: Apr. 23, 2020 at 7:27 PM CDT
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Severe storms ripped through parts of Bryan Count Wednesday evening, damaging several homes and leaving many more without power.

Choctaw Nation Councilman James Dry's home was one of the several homes damaged by the storm, as winds knocked down trees and his camper in the front yard.

"You know, it was the first time that I've actually ever seen a tornado, and to see it form and come down," said Dry.

Dry went with his family down the street to take shelter and braced for the worst when they went back to their house.

"Your heart kind of drops and you don't know what to expect once you get out of the cellar," said Dry.

A Tribal Police officer was temporarily living in the camper that got knocked over, but no one was inside when the storm hit.

"Luckily, it happened when it did. It didn't happen at night, with them being a young family with a young child, couldn't even imagine it coming through late at night with them in the camper," said Dry.

Less than a mile away, Thomas Remediz's home wasn't hit but he saw the storm forming close by next to Lake Durant.

"I went back out to look, smoked myself a cigarette, and then not even a few hundred yards over in this direction it just exploded. It had to be over the shore and partly over the land," said Remediz.

Power lines were knocked down along Highway 48, and OG&E reports 552 homes in the Durant area remained without power 24 hours after the storm touched down.

Bryan County Emergency Management reported no injuries from the storms.

For now, Dry and Remediz will be picking up what's left of the damage.

"I'd definitely love to get out and help if I can," said Remediz.

"Just a multitude of people, teams out here helping drag trees off and stuff, just the multitude of people coming out here is very much appreciated," said Dry.

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