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NWS says straight-line winds, not tornado hit Mannford

Posted at 6:26 PM, Jun 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-24 19:26:47-04

MANNFORD, Okla. — The National Weather Service sent damage assessment crews to Creek County on Monday after a weekend storm caused widespread damage.

With the high school football stadium press box destroyed, the bleachers a pile of crumpled metal, and a roof missing from a child care center, residents began to wonder if they had survived a low-level tornado.

According to the NWS experts, it was not a tornado, but 80-85 mph straight-line winds that swept through Mannford on Sunday morning.

Trees also were uprooted, shingles and tree branches strewn about, and some mobile homes were moved from their perch. Many people spent the afternoon hauling off yard debris and waiting out a power outage.

Parts of Mannford still are recovering slowly from the early-June flood. The road leading into the Pelican Point community still is underwater, as well as portions of the city park and ballfields. Rural areas around the lake's edge still have high water creeping outside the lake's banks.

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