Storms Roll Through The Tulsa Area

Monday, August 7th 2006, 5:40 am
By: News On 6

Parts of eastern Oklahoma get some much needed rain, and an unwelcome surprise, a microburst.

The storm knocked out power and flooded streets in Tulsa. At 38th Street North, drivers tested their luck driving through flood water.

On Cincinnati and Apache, a business owner had his hands full cleaning up broken glass. The storm knocked out several windows at his shop. The strong straight-line winds produced by the burst also uprooted and snapped trees.

On North Frankfort, one tree crashed down on a home while kids were playing on the porch. Steven Edwards: “it was just sprinkling. I mean my kids were out there playing in the rain and then I looked up boom and I see this big tree they said it was 500 years old it came coming down I had 5 kids on the porch I just started grabbing kids, jumping in and we made it in just about the knick of time.” No one was hurt.

The downed tree also buried Edwards' van. Tulsa firefighters armed with chainsaws cleared the downed branches.

Several eastern Oklahoma communities lost power in Sunday night's storms.

AEP-PSO reports about 2,800 customers were without power at the height of the trouble. Outages were also reported in Pryor, Vinita and Coweta.