Empire, Duncan clean up after storm

Empire, Duncan clean up after storm
Empire Elementary (Source KSWO)
Empire Elementary (Source KSWO)
Empire Elementary (Source KSWO)
Empire Elementary (Source KSWO)

STEPHENS COUNTY, OK (KSWO) -Sunday night's thunderstorm caused major problems for residents in Stephens County.

Several residents are dealing with significant damage to their roofs after being pelted with hail in the storm. The Empire area is also feeling Mother Nature's wrath after a lightning bolt struck the town's water tower, cutting off the water supply to the school and forcing them to close their doors Monday.

Trees snapped in half throughout Duncan, debris was scattered everywhere and people were cleaning up after Sunday's violent storm.

While the storm was strong enough to wake Ed Stahl from his bed…

"The hail was hitting hard enough that it sounded like a continuous roar of something beating on the roof," he said.

Monday morning was quiet, things were far from peaceful.

"The first thing this morning I tried to call and get on the line for a roofer to come give me an estimate. With this many leaves off the trees, I'll have to get up now and clean the gutters because otherwise they're going be stopped up," Stahl said.

Stahl says while his roof looks to be intact, he was told it took a beating in Sunday's storm from the hail to the tune of $8,000 in needed repairs.

While Empire Public Schools did not suffer any damage to their roof, Empire Elementary School Principal Josh Skiles says the building didn't make it through unharmed.

"Once we got here and inspected everything, we noticed several windows we damaged and with water being out that seemed to be the extent," Skiles said.

He says in total, around 40 windows were broken out by hail, and will take some time to repair.

"A few people have volunteered to come out and help us. We are waiting on the insurance adjuster to come out and take a look at things, but right now we are just trying to patch things up and be ready for school tomorrow," Skiles said.

Skiles says things could have been much worse had the storm struck while class was in session, especially since they're scheduled to take their state exams this week.

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