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Owasso neighbors feel lucky after tornado touches down

Huge root bases that had held for decades have been torn from the earth, barely missing many homes. (KTUL)

Neighborhoods northeast of Owasso were the hardest hit in Thursday's storm.

The National Weather Service an EF-1 tornado hit Owasso Thursday.

If you drive down 109th Street East in Owasso you'll see an awning adjacent to the road. It leapfrogged a house and landed in the middle of the street before neighbors could pull it off the roadway.

Now, neighbors are cleaning up the damage.

"I was coming down 106th," says Chuck Stevenson. "And I looked up and all the stuff was flying in the air, and I looked down and there was a tornado right there."

Huge root bases that had held for decades have been torn from the earth, barely missing many homes.

"It missed the house," says Joe Miller. "That's replaceable. No one was hurt and I don't have to worry about finding a place to stay. My neighbor didn't fare out so well."

That neighbor, Chris Pate, is a county reserve officer and storm chaser.

"It's a little ironic to have one come get you," he says with a smile. "I guess, but I didn't have to go chase this one. It came to me."

His tree in the front yard should be standing. It wasn't when he got home. It had crashed through the front of the house, and his back yard is littered with pieces of tree, shingle, and glass.

"It blew the pieces that support it out," he says looking at his leaning back porch. "And the back window is in right there. And then the big hole in the roof there, so I've got a waterfall in my living room right now."

There were no injuries in this neighborhood, but memories have been lost forever.

"We have our patio and our fireplace set up underneath of it," Miller says looking at the fallen tree. "We could have family time out here. Now, we're just going to have to try something different."

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