Tahlequah Daily Press

July 24, 2013

Storm seemed fierce, but damage minimal


TAHLEQUAH — A severe thunderstorm that rolled through Cherokee County late Tuesday night and early this morning had a bark that was worse than its bite.

Mike Underwood, assistant director of Cherokee County Emergency Management, said officials have received no significant reports of damage in here. Cherokee County residents have reported downed limbs and even a couple of trees, but no structural damage to buildings so far.

Underwood said the main concern was the rapidly rising waters in the wee hours of the morning, which have mostly subsided by.

Weather-spotters were out last night during the thunderstorm, and the county was placed under a tornado warning a couple of times. Underwood cited an initial  concern about rotation aloft, but there was no confirmation of any touchdown. Some areas experienced as much as 5-1/2 inches of rain.

Scattered power outages were reported in the early-morning hours, but most service was restored by daybreak. Lake Region Electric Region is reporting 478 outages still in effect, though only 14 are in Cherokee County.

An employee with Tahlequah Public Works Authority said she believed all city electricity was back online at this time, though some isolated cases – including the NSU campus – occurred during the storm.

Josh Newton/Kim Poindexter