High winds cancel wedding at Capron Saturday

Saturday night, May 25, the Mesonet weather station at Cherokee recorded a wind gust of 58 mph at 7:20 p.m. In Capron, guests were gathered outdoors in a large tent for the Gavin McCullough and Anna Motycka wedding. High winds collapsed the tent, sending about 30 people to area hospitals. All have been released except for one person with a punctured lung. Most people only ended up with scratches and bruises. Many of the wedding guests were first responders, rendering immediate assistance to those injured. Since the wedding was so abruptly interrupted, the couple is now making plans for a future ceremony.

Storm Reports

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) provided the following information from the Saturday night storms:

Delaware County Emergency Management reports damage to homes, trees and power lines in southern Delaware County.

Garfield County Emergency Management reports baseball sized hail at Boomer and Keowee SSW of Hillsdale. Numerous homes were damaged by hail.

Mayes County Emergency Management reports multiple homes and structures damaged around Prior and Salina.

Nowata County reports damage to trees in the Wann area. One power pole is down with a downed tree entangled in power lines.

Owasso Emergency Management reports utility poles down. No structure damage or injuries.

Ringwood Emergency Management reports wind damage west of Ringwood with multiple tree limbs down.

Rogers County Emergency Management reports widespread damage to homes, structures and power lines in and around Claremore. Claremore First Baptist Church and the County Courthouse were damaged. Owasso Fire, Police and EMS are assisting with search and rescue. Washington County Emergency Management is providing light towers. Wagoner County and Broken Arrow Emergency Management are on the scene to assist.

Woods County Emergency Management reports wind damage and multiple injuries at an outdoor wedding northeast of Capron.

Woodward County Emergency Management reports a mobile home with roof damage and trailers overturned near Mutual. Two barns were destroyed and numerous power poles were damaged.

Damage assessments are ongoing.

Power Outages

At the height of the storms, more than 24,000 outages were reported statewide. There were approximately 14,300 outages remaining Sunday morning. Areas with the highest outages were Rogers, Mayes, McCurtain, Delaware and Bryan counties.

 

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