Team finds damage from 4th twister near Tulsa


TULSA, Okla. (AP) Developments on Monday, August 7, about tornadoes that struck over the weekend in northeast Oklahoma (all times Central Daylight Time).

  • 6:50 p.m.

Survey teams in northeastern Oklahoma said the area was hit by at least four tornadoes during the round of storms that hammered a number of businesses in Tulsa.

Forecasters said they confirmed a fourth storm track near Chelsea, about 40 miles (64 kilometers) northeast of Tulsa. Other storms hit Broken Arrow and Oologah early Sunday morning.

The Chelsea storm was rated EF-1 on the tornado damage scale, with winds between 86 and 110 mph. An EF-2 storm with winds up to 135 mph hit Tulsa’s midtown section, causing so much damage that city officials condemned 10 businesses. A home was also destroyed, and about 200 homes and businesses were damaged.

Authorities said about 30 people were injured in Tulsa, but no other injuries were reported in storms farther away from the city.

  • 4:20 p.m.

Inspectors condemned 10 businesses that sustained structural damage from the storms.

Notices were posted by city inspectors prohibiting the structures from being occupied or used after they were heavily damaged by the EF-2 twister. The businesses affected were AT&T and Woodcraft stores, AspenDental, Panera, CarTec, Whataburger, TGI Fridays, The Flame Broiler, Vintage Stock, and H&R Block.

  • 2:30 p.m.

Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency Director Roger Jolliff said 173 businesses and 25 homes were damaged by the EF-2 twister. Two businesses were condemned by city inspectors who were assessing the structural integrity of buildings that were damaged.

  • 9:20 a.m.

National Weather Service meteorologist Bart Haake said the EF-2 Tulsa tornado touched down at 1:19 a.m. Sunday. Eight minutes later an EF-1 tornado struck the southeast Tulsa suburb of Broken Arrow, then an EF-1 tornado touched down five minutes after that near Oologah, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Tulsa.