Severe storms rolled through parts of northeastern Oklahoma late Saturday night, including a tornado that moved through the heart of the Tulsa, Oklahoma metropolitan area, causing significant damage and injuring dozens of people.
Early Sunday afternoon, the National Weather Service confirmed a tornado had, in fact, touched down just outside of the downtown area on the southeastern side of Tulsa, doing extensive damage.
The survey crew is still investigating the damage but have since given this tornado a preliminary rating of EF-2 packing winds of 111 – 135 mph. According to Fox 23 in Tulsa, 26 people were treated for what were classified as ‘minor’ injuries from the twister.
No life-threatening injuries were reported.
The tornado came at a particularly rare time of year for such events in northeast Oklahoma. According to Tulsa meteorologist Michael Seger, the Tulsa tornado was the first confirmed August touchdown in Tulsa County since 1958.
More updates coming soon.
Meteorologist Merry Matthews