Tornado tears through Piedmont

Posted on: 6:34 pm, May 30, 2012, by , updated on: 07:33pm, May 30, 2012


PIEDMONT, Okla. — While thousands dealt with hail damage across central Oklahoma Tuesday night, a few residents west of Piedmont found themselves in the short path of a tornado.

Suzanne Sturgeon came home Tuesday night to find renovations to her roof, courtesy of a twister that briefly touched down nearby.

“New skylights,” she said while laughing and looking up at gaping holes in her roof.

They were caused by limbs ripped off her trees during the storm.

Wednesday morning her family was cutting and moving limbs scattered all over her yard, one of which she removed from a window.

Still, she considers herself lucky.

“It’s OK, we’re safe,” she said. “The home is mostly intact. We have a lot of mess but we can handle that.”

Down the road, Jessica Norris’ home wasn’t as lucky.

While she was at a relative’s house the tornado ripped off her front pitch, flipped over her boat, tore through her ceiling, caved in her garage and crumpled her barn.

“I’m just kind of in shock,” she said. “You never think it’s going to happen to you. We’re going to work hard and get it fixed; do what we need to do.”

Although her home was in an unlucky path, Norris feels fortunate no one was hurt.

“It could be worse,” she said. “Health comes first. Materials you can fix.”

Canadian County officials said Tuesday’s storm caused about $400,000 in damage countywide.