Two Injured After Possible Tornado Damages Home

Friday, May 2nd 2008, 5:48 am
By: News On 6

Two people were injured when an EF-1 tornado touched down in Mayes County early Friday morning.  The twister cut through six miles west of Pryor.  The News On 6's Chris Wright reports the twister damaged 10 structures.  But, considering that the same storm system proved to be deadly in Arkansas, officials say they were fortunate there was not more damage.

Some property in Mayes County got the worst of what the National Weather Service believes was an EF-1 tornado.  The twister, with winds in excess of 95 miles an hour, destroyed two barns and shifted a mobile home off of its foundations.

Besides leaving the animals shell-shocked, it also injured two members of the Chaney family.  Carley hurt her foot while fleeing the storm.

"It was being very, very loud, and it kept getting louder, and so I thought I probably need to get out of here," said Carley Chaney.

Her father was still bleeding when he was speaking with The News on 6.

"We're all still here.  We've got our family.  It could have been a lot worse," said Rusty Chaney.

The tornado then moved on.  It hit a home, which is still under construction, sending shards of glass across a room and into a wall.

The twister just missed the Spurlock's home.  But, it did ruin their fence, and destroyed their garage.

"We didn't even realize that anything was wrong until the volunteer fireman came to the door and ask us if we're OK.  We said is everything is gone? He said no, the garage is gone. That's when we realized something was wrong," said Quetta Spurlock.

The same storm then headed east to Arkansas where it proved deadly.    A 15-year-old girl was killed in Siloam Springs when a tree fell through her bedroom.  Other tornadoes killed six more people in that state.

Back in Mayes County, officials say they dodged a bullet.

"I think we're fortunate we've only had minor injuries to a couple of people," said Michael Dunham with Mayes County Emergency Management.

The tornado also snapped power poles, knocking out power to many in Mayes County.