Bristow cleanup starts in tornado damaged areas

Posted at 6:52 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 19:52:16-04

Uprooted trees. Torn roofs. Overturned trailers. Bent traffic signs. Damaged homes.

This and more damage is visible Wednesday after last night's EF-1 tornado that ripped through parts of Bristow.

The most heavily damaged areas were neighborhoods on both sides of Highway 16 by West 201 Street.

Leslie Kemp and her two-year-old son were alone inside their home when the tornado hit.

"Our dining room lights are chandeliers like mason jars and they were clinking like a chime," said Kemp.

They took cover in their bathroom and then went to their outside cellar.


Not far from the Kemp's, another mother was home alone with her seven-year-old boy when the high winds struck.
"I looked outside and I seen everything spinning, so we grabbed our shoes and our animals and went to the bathroom," said Tessa Hill.
These residents were busy cleaning up and dealing with insurance claims to try and get the damages repaired soon.