NWS confirms EF-2 tornado damage in midtown Tulsa
TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) -- The National Weather Service confirms a tornado with "EF2 intensity" struck midtown Tulsa early Sunday morning near 41st and Yale.
According to their preliminary local storm report, at 1:18 a.m. tornadic debris signature was observed on radar between Harvard and Yale.
A number of buildings are damaged, including roofs torn off and windows blown out.
Injuries have been reported but none serious. A spokesperson for Saint Francis says 30 people came in and most were treated and released with minor injuries and cuts. Three patients arrived at St. John Hospital.
EMSA confirms paramedics transported 13 people to local hospitals. Eight were taken from TGI Friday's and four from Whataburger on 41st. Another person was taken from the nearby highway.
Sergeant Shane Tuell, spokesman for the Tulsa Police Department, says officers have been placed in the 41st and Yale/Sheridan area to help keep an eye on businesses that aren't secure due to storm damage. Officers are monitoring people walking through the area in an effort to prevent looting.
According to the City of Tulsa, 41st Street from Yale to Sheridan and 41st to 51st between Memorial and Sheridan will remain closed overnight and should be avoided Monday morning. Downed trees and debris should be clear by 10 p.m. Sunday except streets with downed lines.
Governor Mary Fallin's office released a statement saying she's in contact with the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum's office. The governor is receiving updates on damage assessments, and "asks fellow Oklahomans to join her in keeping those injured and adversely affected by the storm in our thoughts and prayers."