The City of Tulsa continues to respond to damages from a possible tornado that touched down in midtown Tulsa early Sunday morning.
The area that received the most damage is 41st to 51st from Harvard to Mingo. The shopping corridor at 41st and Yale is closed currently. The City of Tulsa has closed 41st – 51st Streets between Memorial and Sheridan between 41st and 51st Streets. and 41st St. from Yale to Sheridan.
Citizens are asked to avoid the area as powerlines are down, gas lines are being identified and City crews are working to remove downed trees in roadways. The following emergency departments have been mobilized: Tulsa Police, Tulsa Fire, City of Tulsa Streets and Stormwater, PSO, ONG, TAEMA, and EMSA.
The City’s Streets and Stormwater crews responded immediately and have been working to remove downed trees in roadways. Crews started working on 41st St. at Harvard and have been working their way east. Only two roads were closed due to flooding, 81st and Elwood and 1800 N. Mingo Rd. Three traffic signals are currently down: 41st and Yale, 41st and Hudson and 46th and Memorial.
The City’s Streets and Stormwater Department will assess residential damage in the identified area and a residential debris plan will be identified this week. The City’s Greenwaste site will be open until 8 p.m. today and Monday. Scheduled bulky waste pick-ups will continue Monday, Aug. 7.
The City of Tulsa and the American Red Cross have received many calls from individuals and businesses that want to offer donations and assistance. As this is an active scene, the City urges individuals to avoid the area and call the American Red Cross at (918) 831-1109 to coordinate volunteer efforts.
PSO is reporting 5,500 customers are currently without power in Tulsa, which is down from 15,000 customers without power following the storm. PSO urges citizens to stay away from downed power lines as lines could be live. Citizens can report downed lines to PSO, (888) 218-3919. ONG is working emergency orders as they are called in. If customers smell gas, ONG advises to leave the area and call 911 or the ONG emergency line at 1-800-458-5251.
EMSA reported 13 patients were transported to local hospitals from the storm damages.
The Tulsa Police Department advised that residents should be cautious of individuals assessing damage that do not represent their home insurance company. Fraudulent activities rise following a natural disaster. Residents are encouraged to contact their insurance company for damages and not provide financial or personal information to individuals coming door-to-door. TPD will continue to maintain a presence in the area for safety and security until the situation is stabilized.
The National Weather Service (NWS) issued a tornado warning at 1:25 a.m. This particular storm progressed at an extremely fast rate between scans of the radar. By time the NWS issued the warning, the storm crossed into Broken Arrow jurisdiction at a high rate of speed. At this point, Tulsa did not activate the outdoor warning sirens as NWS advised the storm cell had moved into Broken Arrow. The City will continue to evaluate the current protocol in place for outdoor sirens. Tulsa’s Emergency Operation Center is activated.
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