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Business hit by August tornado reopens ten months later

Business hit by August tornado reopens ten months later (KTUL)

TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- A midtown business has opened its doors after being hit by the EF-2 tornado last August.

"It was like a war zone, it was very hard to even get back here," Ferguson Enterprises Branch Manager Patrick Doherty said.

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The tornado tore up businesses all across midtown, including Ferguson near 42nd and Sheridan.

"Peeled the roof back like a can," Doherty said.

It forced Ferguson to close its Tulsa location for ten months.

"At one point, right away, we were working on a fold out table and chairs trying to take care of our customers," Doherty said.

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But they weathered the storm, literally and figuratively.

"Where we are standing is now our counter area, in this part you would look up and have no roof, water on the floor, debris everywhere, took a really big hit," Doherty said.

"I was shocked when I saw it, it was pretty tore up," truck driver Michael Atkins said.

Atkins has been a truck driver with Ferguson for nearly 24 years.

Over those years, he says he has never experienced anything like that rare August tornado.

"When I heard it hit, I thought, 'Oh my God, what are we going to do,'" Atkins said. "No job. But they told us not to worry."

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For ten months employees moved from one location to the next, counting down the days until their building would be back to normal.

"We would basically sit for quite a while, there was nothing to do," Atkins said.

That's not the case anymore, Ferguson is back up and running like normal, with a fresh new look.

They will be having a grand reopening Thursday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Several businesses that were hit during the tornado remain closed.

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