Possible tornado causes damage in Cherokee, Adair counties
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL World Correspondent
Sunday, April 15, 2012
4/15/12 at 5:41 PM
TAHLEQUAH — A suspected tornado whipped through Adair and Cherokee counties on Sunday morning damaging two mobile homes, tearing off roofs, destroying several barns and outbuildings, and ripping trees out of the ground.
Two mobile homes were destroyed and numerous trees were uprooted near the Adair and Cherokee county line, said an Adair County Sheriff’s dispatcher.
There were no reported injuries or fatalities.
“It’s highly likely a tornado passed through there,” said Mike Teague, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa.
The storm’s path stretched east of Tahlequah to the Cherokee and Adair county line.
Teague said crews from the weather service would be in the area on Monday to survey the damage.
Initial reports show the storm hit around 9:20 a.m. and started six miles southeast of Tahlequah, he said. It travelled northeast to Carter’s Landing and near the small community of Titanic, he said.
The 100-yard wide storm continued seven miles northeast and then began skipping all the way to the Cherokee and Adair county line, said Mike Underwood, Tahlequah-Cherokee County Emergency Management assistant director.
“It touched down several times,” Underwood said.
The storm continued northeast along the county lines and state highway 51 and damaged a mobile home near Eldon, he said. No one was in the mobile home at the time the storm hit, he said.
Eldon is about nine miles east of Tahlequah.