There are power lines and poles down on Shawnee Bypass after a violent storm slashed through Muskogee just now.
A building at whispering pines had its roof torn off, according to emergency workers, as well as Thayer Upholstery, which had roof damage.
The Red Cross and Salvation Army are en route to help victims at Whispering Pines.
In addition, there are unconfirmed reports that Chili’s had its roof partially torn off and apartments near Walmart missing roofs.
Part of a motel’s roof is in the Wendy’s parking lot on 32nd Street.
There is no word yet whether the damage was caused by a tornado or just by extremely powerful winds.
Police are asking people to not drive out to see the damage, as you could interfere with emergency workers. Please do not go around town. Some reports are that enough power lines are down that it actually is impeding traffic.
Muskogee resident Amber South reported circulation above Church’s Chicken on Okmulgee during the worst of the storm. Krista Horton reported a funnel cloud on Smith Ferry Road lifted her truck and slammed it back down.
So far, there are no reports of injuries. We will update as information becomes available.
UPDATE 12:40 a.m.: Police say there is nothing so far to indicate tornado, just really strong straight winds. Radar showed a maximum speed of 74 miles per hour. It will be tomorrow before they can confirm that, though.