Storm rips through Lawton neighborhood

Lawton_In Texoma on Wednesday and into Thursday morning, heavy rains led to flash flooding, and strong winds prompted tornado sirens to blare in Comanche County.  Although there weren't too many reports of storm damage, people living in about half of a square block in a west Lawton neighborhood saw their fair share.  Everything from aluminum storage sheds thrown several houses down, to trees and clothesline poles ripped from the ground.

Damage was confined to a small pocket of homes just off of 52nd Street between Cache and Gore.  Linda Herrington was having a difficult time sleeping at around 12:45 Thursday morning.  "The rain was coming from the south hitting the back of my house, and all of a sudden it turned and was coming from the north," she says.  She says she could handle the rain, but couldn't tolerate the pressure change.  "There was, like, pressure in my house and it was hurting my ears and then whistling," she says.  "My ears were popping, and it seemed like my house was going 'wooh wooh.'"

Herrington says it only lasted a short while, and she had no idea what had happened outside until later that morning.  An aluminum shed from two houses to the west was laying the backyard of a home across the alley two houses to the east.  Her cable and phone lines were dangling in the wind, and a neighbor's clothesline pole - that had once been secured with concrete - was laying on its side, along with part of her chain link fence.

Marci Southerland had a wild night too.  "It was so loud I couldn't sleep, and all of a sudden I heard a big bang, and all of a sudden our alarm goes off," she says.  "Apparently our house got struck by lightning."  Her trampoline was lifted by winds and thrown into a power line before it landed next door.

Down the street, a wooden fence was ripped from the screws holding it together, and a storage shed behind it blew across the street into a neighbor's yard.  However the Southerlands' pet ducks followed the DUCK rule and survived just fine.  Linda Herrington says she's convinced it took more than strong winds to cause all the damage done.  "I've just never of a shed being picked up and being carried over all these lines, and dropped four or five houses down."