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NWS: 1 confirmed tornado in Osage County storms

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Posted at 10:40 AM, May 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-21 18:36:12-04

TULSA -- The National Weather Service has confirmed one tornado Saturday west of Pawhuska and south of Foraker.

Officials said they are still working to gather information on that storm, and have not received any reports of damage. 

Another storm, near Ralston and Fairfax, brought straight-line wind damage to Osage County.

The weather service said storms near Ralston and Fairfax brought straight-line winds that reached 80-90 miles per hour.

On Saturday, severe storms ripped through parts of Osage county. 

Meanwhile, straight-line winds caused the most damage in the Fairfax and Ralston area, leaving trees uprooted, roofs shredded and residents in a state of shock. 
 
The NWS confirms straight line winds reached 80-90 miles per hour in the area on Saturday. Two days later, residents are still processing what happened. 
 
Tracie Harrison said she and her children took shelter immediately when they began to hear the windows rattle. She said after the storm passed, she stepped outside to survey the damage. 
 
“We walked out and couldn’t believe the damage we saw,” Harrison said. “We couldn’t even get out our door. All of the furniture was blown in front of the door.”
 
Her home was in rough shape, sustaining straight line winds up to 90 miles per hour. The ceiling in her kitchen began to leak as water came through the damaged roof.
 
“It was flooding and coming through there,” Harrison said as she pointed to the ceiling. “I just started putting holes through it so it wouldn’t just all fall down.”
 
Much like Harrison, the town of Fairfax was shocked to come outside to find their quaint little town a mess. 
 
“The trees were, the bark, was ripped off of those and they were just severed,” Harrison said. “There was a lot of action and people just trying to clean up.”
 
On Monday, cleanup was underway to restore what the storm destroyed. From uprooted trees to roofs ripped from buildings, the damage was more of an inconvenience for many. 
 
Residents say they are thankful it wasn’t much worse.
 
“It’s always a blessing when nobody is hurt and everybody had some shelter,” Harrison said. 
 

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