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Thursday morning wind causes damage south of Sallisaw

Saturday, February 19, 2022 - The early morning of February 17 brought strong storms to the area along Highway 59 just south of Sallisaw. Several residents and one local business suffered damage to their property after the fast-moving storm hit the area at approximately 6:30 a.m.

Sequoyah County Emergency Manager Steve Rutherford said, "I visited the area hit after receiving information related to storm damage. After surveying the area, it appears that powerful straight-line winds are to blame for the damage."

One business, American Storm Shelters Inc., lost their welding and fabrication shop. Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of American Storm Shelters Inc., Nicole Bennett said, "It was an absolute shock to see the damage, but we are very fortunate that our welders had not made it to work yet. It happened very fast with no wind or anything prior."

At least two houses received substantial damage to their roofs and structures. Several outbuildings were completely demolished, trees were brought down with their roots exposed, and one carport was torn apart and blown away.

"The extent of the damage is approximately three-quarters of a mile in length. Luckily, there were no injuries reported," Rutherford added.

The National Weather Service was notified and is currently reviewing the storm damage in an effort to provide an official report of what exactly caused the damage.

Lindsie Dyer, Staff Writer

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