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Cars, roof damaged as EF1 tornado tears through Midwest City

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Several cars were tossed in the air and the roof of a business was nearly destroyed when a tornado ripped through town. It happened around 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

"It's just devastating to ya," said John Coates, the owner of Tomcat Aviation in Midwest City.

Minutes before he pulled up to a devastating scene at his business, Coates said he received an urgent phone call from one of his employees.

"I answered the phone, and he said that we just got hit with a tornado, the roof is off on part of the building," Coates said. "My heart just sank."

Coates said he's thankful for Midwest City fire crews, who arrived on scene within minutes.

"About a third of the building, the top has just rolled back and flipped over on there. Some roof handling air units have been tossed off," said Bert Norton, the Midwest City fire chief.

Coates said there was some leaking inside the building and water damage but no one got hurt.

Around the same time, fire crews responded to the JCPenney near SE 29th and Air Depot, where strong winds tossed several cars into the air.

"My manager called on the PA system and said that the cars were damaged. I came up here to the front, and they were stacked on top of each other," said Sherry Martin, who was inside JCPenney at the time.

Martin's car wasn't tossed in the air like those cars, but it was damaged by the strong winds.

"I've calmed down. At first, I was upset and kind of scared, and now I know that I'm thankful that we weren't in our cars," Martin said.

"We were fortunate, no injuries, no loss of life," Coates said. "We were really blessed."

Norton confirmed to News 4 they had no reports of any injuries.