1 Dead, Several Injured, 1 Remains Missing After Barnsdall Tornado

The city of Barnsdall was one of the hardest hit areas from Monday night's severe weather. Barnsdall city officials confirmed one person died, several people were injured, and one person remains missing,

Tuesday, May 7th 2024, 10:17 pm

By: News 9, Sylvia Corkill


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The city of Barnsdall was one of the hardest hit areas from Monday night's severe weather.

“When you see this type of damage it's heartbreaking you just don’t know how anybody could survive,” said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. 

As of Wednesday, after damage assessments, it was discovered that the EF-4 tornado wiped out 60 homes.

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“You just heard a bunch of loud noise and stuff was banging around, and it sounded like a freight train going through town,” said Barnsdall resident Brianna Halford.

Jim Gardner and Bob Mills SkyNews 9 got a Birdseye view Tuesday morning of the utter devastation.

On the ground, a warzone. “We moved over to the laundry mat took shelter came outside and everything was torn down,” said Barnsdall resident Billy Wells. 

“It’s really devastating for this town,” said Brianna Halford.

“Oklahoma's been hit pretty hard in the last week or so,” said Stitt.             

Barndall resident Arlyn Hendricks spent Tuesday afternoon cleaning up. “The walls are still standing,” said Hendricks. 

He said he and his wife were grateful to be alive,

“Of course, the garage here is gone, it’s flattened, but it’s just stuff,” said Hendricks.

Not everyone was so fortunate. Barnsdall city officials confirmed one person died, several people were injured, and one person remains missing,

But despite the amount of loss, residents said they would recover. “It’s going to take a long time to clean this up,” said Halford. “Thank the Lord it wasn't worse. This community is resilient. They're going to rebuild,” said Stitt.

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