Horses go airborne in Murray County tornado

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MURRAY COUNTY, Okla.- Wolfe Ranch Quarter Horses and Arbuckle Trail Rides on Highway 177 in Murray County were wiped out by Monday night's EF3 tornado.

“We don’t even know where to start,” owner Cheri Wolfe said. “We lived in a house that used to be up there and it’s completely just a pile of rubble and half of it out in the pasture.”

Wolfe and her husband have operated the ranch, just north of Sulphur, for more than thirty years. They have about 50 horses, some of which, Wolfe said, actually got carried away by the tornado.

“They went about four hundred yards across three fence rows and two tree lines and landed in the creek,” Wolfe said.

Though many of their horses were injured, several badly, miraculously, none were killed.

“One of our stallions may lose an eye, may have a broken jaw,” Wolfe said. “He’s probably the worst injured. Several have bad cuts and bad leg injuries. One of them you can see the bone on her leg but I think she’ll be saved.”

Wolfe and her eight family members were not hurt after taking shelter in a storm cellar put in by the Chickasaw Nation just last year, though she said her grandchildren were pretty shaken up.

“The air pressure dropped so low I thought my eardrums were going to break,” Wolfe said. “My head just felt like it was going to be sucked in.”

It's a familiar tale along the tornado’s path, up Highway 177 and down Buel Green Road and Sunshine Road in Murray County.

Murray County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Patience Dudley said they’ve received reports of three injuries countywide.

“With one transported to an Oklahoma City area ER and no fatalities,” Dudley said.

The Red Cross is set up at the Crossway Church on Broadway in Sulphur to provide community members with supplies, food and water.

Clothing donations can be dropped off at First Freewill Baptist Church at 13th and Oklahoma in Sulphur.

Dudley said emergency crews spent all day Tuesday assessing storm damage and found 58 houses in the county had received storm damage, 32 of which suffered 80 to 100 percent damage.

“I knew when we stuck our heads out of it, there wasn’t going to be anything,” Wolfe said. “And sure enough, there ain’t much.”