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National Weather Service confirms EF1 tornado swept through Adair County, Oklahoma Monday night

Posted at 7:09 AM, Mar 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-07 19:22:08-05

ADAIR COUNTY, Okla. -- The National Weather Service released the preliminary rating of a tornado that swept through Greasy, Oklahoma Monday night.

The NWS says an EF1 swept through the small town with winds reaching a maximum of 90 to 100 miles per hour.

"We're so thankful, no one was hurt," said Evette Sanders from Adair County.

The Adair County Sheriff's Office says the storm hit several homes in Greasy, which is in the southern part of the county about 25 miles east of Lake Tenkiller. It has a population of about 370 people.

The community's building off Greasy School Road was destroyed in the storm as well as its recreation area.

"People used to sit around there maybe have lunch there. There was a marriage there," said Tom Sanders.

All day, dozens of volunteers helped clear up debris and trim trees. Cherokee Nation employees set up a command post for emergency management.

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