“We can’t get into our homes,” Storm damage causes problems for Payne County residents

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PAYNE COUNTY, Okla. - Kim Pierson and his neighbors are facing a similar problem after Tuesday’s storm blew through Payne County.

“Well, we can't get into our homes,” Pierson said.

High winds knocked down nearly two miles of power lines on N. Perkins Road blocking driveways.

“These lines are down across my fence, you know, and I'm not going to touch a fence,” Pierson said. “I used to work for OG&E years ago, and I know better than to try to cross downed lines.”

Not too far away, a mobile home was thrown nearly 50 yards from its foundation.

“It was vacant, but it wasn't tied down, so we had some really high winds that started rolling it and rolled it right across the road and blocked the road,” said Payne County’s Emergency Manager Jeff Kuhn.

Kuhn believes winds up to 80 miles an hour caused the damage.

“This is why you do not be in a mobile home during storms, even just straight line winds, because they can definitely tear them up,” Kuhn said.

Even though Pierson was kept from his wife, he is grateful she is safe and his home is intact.

“I know the Lord, so it's not really scary. It's just thankful for his protection,” Pierson said.

“People just need to be aware that we're going to have severe weather this week, and they need to make sure that their weather radios are working and keep watching Channel 4 and keep 4 warned,” Kuhn said.

There are not many people in the area without power.

Most of the poles that fell were OG&E transmission lines and power was rerouted.

It might be a few days until the fallen lines get cleaned up.

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