Officials assess Tushka tornado damage

TUSHKA, Okla. - Emergency management officials surveyed the damage Friday in Atoka County after Thursday's storm caused several tornadoes and ravaged parts of the state.

The town of Tushka, about 130 miles from Tulsa, received the most damage. Two people died as a result of the tornado, emergency management officials said. Several structures were destroyed including the town's only school.

More than 3,700 customers in Atoka County are without power, Sid Sperry with the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives said. Atoka, Tushka, Stringtown and Lane were the hardest hit. Sperry said it could take up to 7 days for power to be completely restored to the area.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa and Rep. Dan Boren, D-Muskogee pledged assistance to residents in Atoka County as they recover and rebuild from Thursday's tornado.

"Oklahomans unfortunately have long been aware of the threat that severe weather poses, but the destruction and tragedy that is all too often left behind is never any easier to bear," Inhofe said. "I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in Tushka, and my heart goes out to all of the communities and families that have suffered."

The Oklahoma congressional delegation will work with FEMA to ensure all resources are made available, Rep. Boren said.

The Tulsa chapter of the American Red Cross is also helping residents, providing hot meals and temporary lodging to those displaced.

Late Friday, Gov. Fallin declared a State of Emergency for Atoka, Carter, Coal, Creek, Custer, Delaware, Harper, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, Lincoln, Love, Marshall, Murray, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Rogers, Seminole, Tulsa, Wagoner, Washington, Woodward counties. 


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