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Residents in Sequoyah County ride out the intense storm

Posted at 9:52 AM, Dec 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-02 10:52:19-05

BLACKGUM, Okla. -- Neighborhoods are picking up the pieces after Friday night's storm.

Boats were mangled with debris and storage units were twisted on top of personal belongings in the small town of Blackgum in Sequoyah County.

"Pretty bad, it’s kind of a little disaster area," said Tela Brown, a resident in Blackgum.

Tela Brown lives in the neighborhood just a few miles away from Lake Tenkiller. She was inside her house when the storm powered through.

"I made my husband get up and get dressed and we went to look out the window and pretty soon we could hear the rotation and the wind so we ran to the hallway," said Brown.

They took cover in the hallway, held their dogs tight and rode out the storm.

"Heard glass breaking, the lights went out, and heard the 'shooo'," said Brown.

The intensity of the storm, which Brown said lasted less than 30 seconds, caused extensive damage to their home and neighborhood.

"Spare bedroom the roof leaked so bad that the ceiling has come in, and then the fence, and all of our storage buildings are out," said Brown.

Fortunately there were no reports of serious injuries, just residents forced to pick up the pieces.

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