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High winds cause damage for residents

WAURIKA, Okla._Thursday night's storm also wreaked havoc on the town of Waurika, leaving snapped power poles and tree limbs in its wake.

70 to 80 mile per hour winds snapped the four main electric transmission poles. That left some 1,300 customers across Jefferson County without power for the rest of the night, which heightened the danger.

Luckily, the electricity came back on around noon Friday, but as we drove through town, it looked like almost every home had some type of tree damage. Some were simply picking up broken limbs, while others were removing entire trees that fell on buildings.

"I didn't think it was a tornado I thought it was a hurricane. That is what I thought it was," said James Cook, Waurika resident.

A tree decades old fell on James cook's storage building that he built behind his house, puncturing the roof.

"The roof right down on my tile saw, my self-propelled lawn mower, [and] my pool table is all screwed up. The roof is the main thing. This building is only about maybe three years old," said Cook.

Cook is a carpenter by trade but he says he won't be able to find any use for the wood from those trees, not even as firewood.

"Not good wood. You know it's not very good. This is something you would want to burn like in a pot belly stove not in an open faced," said Cook.

Other residents didn't receive as much damage they are still saddled with the task of cleaning up what the high wind left behind.

"It's a good days work right here trying to get all these branches picked up and put in a pile," said Scott Mora, Waurika resident.

Scott Mora said he started picking up the branches that broke off his trees around 6 o'clock this morning.

"When we were cleaning up we seen one of the branches had snapped so that's another project we are going to have to get taken care of," said Mora.

Another problem the high winds caused, the power was off for close to 16 hours. Although, business had to continue for the ladies at the Jefferson County Courthouse.

"It's the end of the month for us so we are trying to get closed down and get everybody's payroll done," said Traci Smith, works in courthouse.

They only had a single computer that was running on power from the generator at the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Workers filed paperwork using candles and flashlights to see.

Waurika Emergency Management Director Chris Bayless says in assessing the damage he found nothing major other than downed power lines, along with tree, and roof damage.

Waurika city workers are also picking up limbs and brush. City officials say if residents want to dispose of limbs, they can be brought to the city dump on Meridian.

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