Cleanup Begins After Severe Storms Move Across Oklahoma

Wednesday, October 17th 2007, 10:23 pm
By: News On 6

The severe weather delivered its first punch to North Tulsa on Wednesday afternoon. High winds uprooted trees and slammed them into cars and homes in a neighborhood near Apache and Harvard. The News On 6’s Ashli Sims reports some storm victims were lucky to escape with their lives.

It was a life-flashing-before-your-eyes kind of moment. Nathan Allen was making some cereal one minute then the rain and wind kicked up.

“I’ve never been through something like this in my life. The trailer was rocking the wind was pounding and here comes this tree in the front room,” said Tulsan Nathan Allen.

A tree several feet around was ripped up and thrown against Allen's trailer.

"I was getting ready to make me some cereal and I was sitting on that couch. If I had been sitting on that couch, I wouldn't be talking to you right now,” said Tulsan Nathan Allen.

His trailer wasn't the only one at Apache Pines caught in the crosswinds. Nathan Allen’s neighbor took a branch through the window. Luckily, she wasn't home. Just up the street, a trucking business had its metal roof peeled off like it was a piece of tin foil.

Residents say it's amazing no one was hurt. Shelicee Parnosky thought she might not have walked away from her car with her life. She says she was sitting in the Celia Clinton parking lot with her 7-year-old son when the winds caught her.

"And, it picked my car up twice and I thought it was going to flip it over. And, something just came from behind. Me and my 7-year-old son was sitting in the car and it just. I dunno. It just caved in the whole back of my car, just totaled my car out,” said Tulsan Shelicee Parnosky.

Shelicee Parnosky says her son is terrified. And, her only mode of transportation is trashed. Despite that, she still feels blessed.

"I thank God. The glass could have cut us up. The car could have flipped over. It could have been a lot worse than it was. I just thank God that we are alive,” said Shelicee Parnosky.

Watch the video: Storm Damage On City's Northside