Inside the Storm: Straight line winds bring damages to Purcell
PURCELL, Okla. (KOKH) —
A severe thunderstorm caused severe damage to Purcell Oklahoma last night.
Estimated wind gusts in excess of 70mph tore through the town damaging trees, cars, homes and outbuildings. Several sheds and barns were destroyed and thrown around the fields. Power poles were downed and the town lost power for much of the night.
This drone video shows a birds eye view of the storm damage and the crews working to get the power back up.
The national weather service did not do a survey despite rotation indicated on radar. According to the national weather service the damage was blown in one direction meaning that it was likely straight line wind damage and not a tornado. Tornado debris shows circular characteristics, since the winds toss debris in all directions.
There was another tornado confirmed in northern Oklahoma yesterday. That brings the yearly total to 17. That’s nearly 20 tornadoes below average on the year.