Tornado damage in the Oologah-Talala area was limited, but for one man it was devastating Friday night.
Rob Maggard escaped his mobile home on 290 Road west of U.S. 169 just minutes before a tornado ripped the house off its foundation.
Maggard’s uncle’s home was also in the path of the storm, but it didn’t suffer any serious damage. Tom Stritzke and his wife took cover in a small cellar.
“We went to our fraidy hole,” he said.
Stritzke’s nephew saw the tornado coming from the west over the top of his uncle’s house. The young man abandoned the mobile home and took shelter next door in the basement of his grandmother’s house.
“He saw the one bouncing over my house,” Stritzke said. “He said he had less than a minute to take cover.”
Maggard worried his grandmother’s house wouldn’t withstand the tornado.
“He said the house started cracking and popping,” Stritzke said. “Afterwards he called me and said the trailer was gone. The sad thing is he didn’t have insurance.”
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