Damage Reported In Oklahoma Tornadoes

Friday, April 10th 2009, 11:35 am
By: News On 6

By Craig Day, The News On 6

UNDATED -- The winds caused a lot of problems for firefighters, but they also blew in severe storms.

that wreaked havoc on other communities.  Tornadoes caused damage in Latimer and LeFlore Counties.

Angelia Evans and her family were inside when the weather turned bad.  When they stepped outside and saw what was churning in the sky, they knew it would be trouble.

The family quickly ran to a storm shelter just as a tornado dropped down and collapsed a carport.

Pictures were taken of the tornado as it twisted its way past their house and toward a neighbor's.  It ripped off the roof of Clint Rector's home with him, his wife, and three children inside.       

No one was hurt, and on Friday, coworkers were helping the Rectors reroof their home before there is any more severe weather.

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The same storm system spawned another tornado in LeFlore County.  It cut a swath through the pine forest as it headed toward Arkansas.  It took aim on several mobile homes.

A woman and several children were inside one mobile home when the twister hit.  Friends say the woman is in a Ft Smith hospital with a broken back and broken ribs.  They say one child was flown to a Little Rock hospital.

When you look at the damage caused to the mobile home and the debris scattered as far as you can see with boards and insulation in the trees, it's hard to imagine anyone survived.

With several homes destroyed, debris scattered everywhere, and victims and residents in disbelief, the tornado headed east into Arkansas and continued on its destructive and deadly path.