Barnsdall, Oklahoma, takes direct hit from tornado

Barnsdall, Oklahoma, takes direct hit from tornado
Barnsdall, Oklahoma, takes direct hit from tornado

From Staff Reports

The Osage County town of Barnsdall took a direct hit from a large tornado Monday night, initial reports indicate.

First responders were reportedly going door to door doing search and rescue at homes that had been damaged or destroyed by the storm. The community of approximately 1,300 people about 40 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa was also hard hit by a tornado about one month earlier, on April 1.

Monday night’s storm moved farther northeast, and the National Weather Service reported damage in Bartlesville near the Hampton Inn at US 75 and Tuxedo Road “likely due to a tornado.”

The tornado was confirmed on the ground just west of Skiatook Lake just after 9:15 pm and continued to track to the northeast through Barnsdall and the Bartlesville area.

The Osage County Sheriff’s Office reported via social media around 10:30 pm that “emergency crews are responding to the Barnsdall area currently. State Highway 11 at State Highway 99 will be closed. Please DO NOT try to go to the area or drive around any barricades.”

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The Washington County Emergency Management agency reported on social media around 10:30 that it was receiving multiple reports of damage throughout the area. It said in a separate post that “Washington Blvd (highway 75) is blocked both directions north of Frank Phillips and south of Tuxedo due to debris.”

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

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