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I was at work well before sunrise this morning and was able to capture this dramatic sunrise no doubt an after effect of the severe storm Tulsa had last night. The storm has been classified as a "derecho" event because of the breadth and intensity of its straight line winds (winds in excess of 58 mph over an area more that 250 miles wide). Tulsa International Airport recorded it highest ever wind speed of 76 miles per hour. One trained weather spotter in Tulsa recorded a 91 mph wind speed. Lightning-caused fires near us at the Union 8th Grade Center and the DoubleTree Hotel. At its peak, over 100,000 homes were without power. Our power was out but only for a little while. 1400 linemen came in from 10 states to help restore the power. Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency for 35 Oklahoma counties including Tulsa County.
The storm relocated our neighbor's trampoline to our backyard.
One of our trees suffered some minor damage losing a 10 foot branch. The brown patch at the bottom is a birds' next which had three very young baby birds. Later, we would lose a similar branch from our other backyard maple tree no doubt damaged in this storm.Posted by Don |
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