TULSA — Thursday, Aug. 6 marks three years since an EF 2 tornado ripped through midtown Tulsa, destroying businesses and homes in its wake.
The tornado caused damage to 200 local businesses and injured more than 30 people. A TGI Friday's and Whataburger were among the restaurants that suffered the most severe damage.
TAKE A LOOK BACK: Tornado rips through midtown Tulsa
TGI Friday's in the Highland Plaza Shopping Center on 41st Street never reopened.
The Remington Tower off I-44 sat damaged for years until recently when TAG Multifamily purchased the building in March 2020 to turn it into luxury apartments.
Police said the tornado traveled along East 41st Street from Yale to Mingo.
The powerful winds caused roofs and walls to collapse at several businesses in the area. They also brought down signs and utility poles, causing power outages for thousands of people.
Several homes were also damaged in the neighborhoods close to the businesses.
One Tulsa couple said they had just rented a car and were heading back home from a concert in Arkansas. Out of nowhere, they said the tornado picked their car up and sent them flying. Thankfully, the two were okay.
Now, three years later, businesses like AT&T, Panera and Whataburger have rebuilt, but the community has yet to forget that night in August 2017.
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