The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

May 2011 Joplin tornado

May 20, 2013

Storms cause damage throughout the Four States

Four-State Area residents hunkered down twice Monday to ride out tornadoes and powerful spring storms, then went to work cleaning up.

The worst damage from Monday night’s storm was being reported in Ottawa County, Okla., near Wyandotte. That followed a report of an EF-1 tornado early Monday morning near Carthage.

Derek Derwin, public information officer for the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, said there were reports that a half-dozen homes had been damaged along East 130 Road, near Oklahoma Highway 137. Some of the homes lost roofs. Trees and power lines also were down.

“So far the damage is pretty localized,” he said, to about one-half mile to one mile along that road in a rural area.

A diesel shop in the area also was damaged.

Stan Willcox said he and his family were heading from their house toward the cellar when the storm hit. Everyone was OK, but one of his shop buildings was crushed by trees and the roof of his barn was destroyed. His house on East 130 Road had minor roof damage, and he was opening it to neighbors who needed a place to stay.

“Mine is fairly well intact,” he said of the roof.

There also were reports of wind damage at the Turtle Stop convenience store, 64499 E. Highway 60, in Wyandotte, with workers confirming damage to the awning over the diesel pumps.

There were no confirmed reports of injuries in the Wyandotte area Monday night.

There were no reports of damage in Cherokee County, Kan., but Pittsburg, Kan., residents reported power lines and large trees down, some over fences and one over a house in the Countryside neighborhood.

An area at the eastern edge of Pittsburg was hit hard by high winds, hail and heavy rain that passed through the area as tornado sirens sounded.

In Westfield Acres just outside the city limits to the west, neighbors ran chain saws until dark to help Jim and Johnna Russian clear a massive oak that fell on the kennel of their dog, Pepper, who was uninjured.

Kathleen Baker Stucky reported chain saw activity along Catalpa Street, and Cindy Riachi reported trees across Kansas Street.

Some residents in nearby Frontenac, Kan., reported power outages, where Debbie Restivo said “wind came roaring through.”

In Southwest Missouri, Power lines and some trees also were down Monday night in Newton County, mainly along U.S. Highway 60 in the Seneca area and in the western part of the county, said Sheriff Ken Copeland.

“I haven’t heard of any structures down or injuries,” Copeland said.

The sheriff said power was out in parts of Seneca.

High winds in Barton County blew down trees, and officials with the Sheriff’s Department said the damage was spotty, with localized reports of power outages.

There were no reports of damage in Lawrence County.

Joplin officials said the city escaped a round of storms that led to a tornado warning that expired at 7:15 p.m.

Keith Stammer, the Joplin-Jasper County emergency manager, said sirens were sounded three times: at 6:31 p.m., at 6:40 p.m. and again at 6:49 p.m.

“The first time was based on radar which indicated winds in excess of 70 mph,” Stammer said. The last two were in response to National Weather Service warnings that were issued, he said.

Joplin emergency services dispatchers said they had no reports of damage.

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