Oklahoma tornadoes damage 70 buildings

BY SUSAN KIM | Tulsa, OK | March 11, 1999

Tornadoes in three eastern Oklahoma counties injured four people Monday night, and damaged more than 70 buildings.

A majority of the physical destruction occurred in the Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, just southeast of Tulsa in Tulsa County. Three homes sustained major damage while 60 homes, two apartments and one business were classified with minor damage.

Four people suffered injuries in the McIntosh County community of Tiger Mountain when a twister ripped a double-wide mobile home and its occupants from its foundation moved them some 30 feet. A home across the street from the mobile home also was destroyed, while three other homes in the rural county had major damage.

Some 2,000 county residents lost power because of the storm. In Rogers County, named for humorist Will Rogers, a tornado destroyed two mobile homes and one house between the towns of Foyil and Chelsea.

County emergency management officials and the American Red Cross Ironically, the storms come one week after the state recognized Tornado Awareness Week.

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