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Apparent tornado damages homes, businesses in Jay

Posted at 6:12 AM, May 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-23 07:56:33-04

DELAWARE COUNTY — Live blog update of an apparent tornado that damaged homes and businesses in Jay:

6:18 a.m.
Jay is still without power, but Jay Police Department says the power should be turned back on sometime around 10 a.m.

1:52 a.m.
From Delaware County Emergency Management regarding tornado that hit Jay, Okla.: Two minor injuries reported, several facilities were hit - don’t know severity of damage, roof of medical clinic ripped off, several homes suffered structural damage, and trees taken down. The pathway of destruction is from Deerlick Road to Highway 59 as you head to Missouri state line.

12:42 a.m.
The Delaware Co. Sheriff's Office says tornadic activity raced through the county and several areas from Eucha, Jay, Deerlick and Butler sustained varying amounts of damage. The Delaware County Sheriff's Office is operating on a generator and 911 reception is sporadic. Call 918-253-4531 or Grove Police at 918-786-6121. Many roads impassable. Downed trees and power lines.

12:24 a.m.
NWS says the Arkansas River at Muskogee has reached its second highest level in recorded history this evening, surpassing the 1986 flood.

11 p.m.
US 59 northbound and southbound from County Road 380 to ½ south into Jay city limits is shut down for safety reasons for rescue operations in Delaware County.

10:44 p.m.
Jay city officials say all of Jay is without power, which means their water plant is without power. They are asking people to conserve water.

10:30 p.m.
We spoke to Delaware County Emergency Management. They said they are shutting down Highway 59 and Deerlick Street. They have people out searching homes in Jay because people are trapped. There is also reports of rollover ax on Hwy 59. No reports of injuries or fatalities

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