Owasso Tornado Causes Damage To Storms Spotter's Home

Friday, May 12th 2017, 8:20 pm
By: Amy Slanchik

Cleanup is going on in Owasso after an EF-1 tornado ripped through neighborhoods damaging roofs and uprooting trees.

One man’s security camera captured the wind starting to pick up – so strong it blew Joe Miller’s grill across his patio.

"It was pretty exciting, but depressing at the same time," Miller said.

Moments later, his 60-foot tall tree was ripped out of the ground with ease.

"I actually built a fire ring in the ground so we could sit out here in our chairs and have a little cozy fire and just have family time - and that's kinda gone now. I don't know what to do now," he said.

Down the street, Chris Pate is working on the mess in his yard.

"We're cleaning up everything that'll cut you or poke you or sharp," he said.

His tree slammed down on his roof, leaving some damage above the porch.

"A little different lookin' than it used to be, but it's still home," he said.

Pate is used to seeing debris like this - he and his wife are storm spotters in Rogers County.

Amy: “You weren't storm spotting yesterday?”
Pate: “'No ma'am, I was at work. I wasn't out actually spotting. I didn't have to, this one came to me."

Aside from some roof damage and losing a few trees everyone is okay, there's just a lot of work ahead to get everything cleaned up.

As for Miller, he said he expects it'll take a few months to get his yard cleaned up.