Residents and business owners clean up after Thursday's storms
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (KTUL) – Many are picking up after Thursday night’s storms ripped through Green Country.
Muskogee is one place hit hard.
Several apartment units at the Whispering Pines Apartments had damage as well as a local business. Power lines along Highway 62 were also snapped in half.
Jeanne Arens was in her apartment at Whispering Pines when the storm in Muskogee hit.
“I heard my uncle scream that we need to get in the hallway so I grabbed my daughter and we got in the hallway,” she said.
When the sun came out, she was only able to go into her apartment for the essentials.
Her mom Alice Owens helped her pack but knowing it was a close call makes her tear up.
“It’s tears of joy,” she said. “They made it out safe. She was just telling me how the walls were sucking in and out and the windows coming open.”
They had minor damage but residents in other units, not so lucky.
Some people came home to find no roof over their apartment.
Across the highway, Michelle Brook, owner of the Tint Shop was watching Channel 8 when she saw her business on the screen torn apart.
“It’s numbing, yeah it’s numbing,” she said. “It’s crazy. It’s really happening. I asked my husband this morning if it really happened.”
She’s worked in Muskogee for 30 years and spent 14 good ones in her building.
“This was my girl cave,” she said. “This was my place.”
She never thought Oklahoma winds could take that away.
“I’ve been here when 80 mph winds have hit,” Brook said. “I would look out at these beams and go wow this is one strong building and so that’s how I know this wasn’t strong winds, it’s held up to strong winds before.”
She plans to rebuild and Arens will stay with family until it’s safe to go home.
“I can replace this stuff but I can’t replace me or my daughter,” she said.
The Red Cross is helping out those who can’t go back home to the Whispering Pines Apartments.
They have a shelter at the First Baptist Church in Muskogee at 110 S. 8th St.