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Oklahoma Strong: 4 EF1 tornadoes, 1 EF3 confirmed in weekend storms

Posted at 2:50 PM, Apr 29, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-30 16:50:20-04

TULSA, Okla. — The sobering reality of the damage caused by an outbreak of storms over the weekend is coming to light as crews continue surveying affected areas.

WATCH Gov. Stitt's full press conference in Marietta on April 30:

Gov. Stitt, Sen. Lankford storm recovery press conference in Marietta

2 News Anchor Justin Fischer was in Sulphur and saw the Oklahoma Standard in action.

Sulphur continues to pick up pieces

The Aftermath

The Chickasaw Nation stationed a mobile medical unit in Sulphur.

It's parked on the north side of the Artesian Hotel in the elevated parking lot. They want people to treat it like an urgent care. It is free, no insurance and anyone is welcome to go.

Governor Kevin Stitt issued a State of Emergency for 12 counties on April 28.

  • Carter
  • Cotton
  • Garfield
  • Hughes
  • Kay
  • Lincoln
  • Love
  • Murray
  • Okfuskee
  • Oklahoma
  • Payne
  • Pontotoc
Gov. Stitt declares state of emergency in 12 counties

The Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner confirmed four deaths from the outbreak. Two people died in Holdenville. One person died on I-35 near Marietta and one person died in Sulphur.

Over 100 injuries were reported to area hospitals.


The American Red Cross opened two shelters 24/7 for as long as needed.

  • Crossway First Baptist Church: 2108 W. Broadway Ave. in Sulphur
  • Christ Community Church Ardmore: 2620 Mount Washington Road in Ardmore

Oklahoma Southern Baptist Disaster Relief has chainsaw teams in Sulphur and Morris. They also have a mass feeding kitchen in Sulphur providing meals. Critical Incident Stress Management trained chaplains are available for affected residents and first responders.

Volunteers who wish to help with cleanup in Sulphur can check in at the Murray County Expo Center at 730 Cambridge Drive in Sulphur.

Click here to donate to the victims.

The Oklahoma Department of asks residents to report damage here.

Anyone seeking non-emergency disaster or health and human service information, call 211.

The Storms:

The National Weather Service said at least 25 tornadoes are confirmed.

Preliminary ratings are:

  • Morris #1: EF-1
  • Morris #2: EF-1
  • Porter: EF-1
  • Wagoner: EF-1
  • Bearden: EF-3 (this was the same tornado that hit near Holdenville)

Additional surveys are still being conducted by the US National Weather Service Tulsa Oklahoma
NWS Norman updated their count to 25 yesterday, these are the first officially confirmed in our forecast area by NWS Tulsa.

2 News Oklahoma's Severe Weather team put together this look at tornado warnings and confirmed tornadoes over the weekend.

MAPS Tornados and warnings April 27

The NWS said an EF4 tornado hit Marietta — the first tornado to produce EF4 damage in Oklahoma since May 9, 2016.

The Nov. 4, 2022 tornado that hit McCurtain County was rated and EF4 because of damage in Texas, but no EF4 damage happened in Oklahoma.

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