Oklahoma Storms Turn Deadly, Cause Damage
OKLAHOMA CITY - One person was killed Monday when strong winds from a fast-moving storm overturned a mobile home in the community of Happyland near Ada.
Another person was critically injured when the mobile home was destroyed. The patient was flown to an Oklahoma City hospital for treatment. Police have not released the names of either victim.
The line of severe storms caused damage to homes and businesses throughout Oklahoma City and its suburbs. Storm victims in Edmond say, in a matter of seconds, poles came crashing to the ground breaking through the windshields of cars at a suburban car dealership. The storms produced hail, rain and 70 mile-per-hour winds.
"I thought it was a tornado, and I might not get out," Phil Wartley, Edmond Hyundai general sales manager, said.
Fallen poles were scattered across the dealership's parking lot. The storm also damaged several cars. The powerful winds that caused the mess produced tense moments for customers and salesmen at the dealership. Employees say it was just another day at work until glass flew through showroom.
"It was pretty scary," said Wartley. "High gusts of winds in a matter of 15 seconds. We [were] all kind of running through the hallway in a safe area."
In south Edmond, debris from the storm could be found along Broadway Extension late Monday.
Strong winds caused some damage at the new Devon Tower as well. Gusty winds caused a crane to shift slightly, breaking a pane of glass on the 32nd floor.
Crews shut down surrounding streets as a precaution. No one was injured.