Governor Stitt surveys damage after Seminole tornado


SEMINOLE, Okla. (KFOR) – Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt learns of the damage caused by Wednesday’s tornadoes in Seminole for the first time.

On Wednesday evening, meteorologists began tracking a large supercell.

The storm eventually evolved into a tornado that touched down in Pottawatomie County before tracking into Seminole.

After the tornado passed through town, residents got their first glimpse of the damage.

Roofs of buildings had been torn off, power lines had fallen across the city, windows had been blown out and some buildings had been destroyed.

On Thursday morning, Governor Kevin Stitt announced he would examine the damage in the area.

His first stop was Seminole Academy, where a teacher and her family took refuge as the storm moved through the area.

Stitt then planned to drive through downtown Seminole to view the damage to local businesses.

“We are so lucky that there has been no loss of life and really no significant injuries that we are aware of at this stage. So we are very grateful for that. Structures can be rebuilt and so Oklahomans are all over the streets right now, clearing debris and rebuilding. And we’re just grateful that no one was hurt,” Stitt said.

Sen. Zack Taylor, (R-Seminole), released the following statement:

“While the entire city of Seminole is without power, I am grateful that there are currently no reported injuries or fatalities, and I pray that this will always be the case. My heart goes out to those who have been affected by this tornado, but I know our community will pull together and weather the storm stronger than ever. The Red Cross is on the scene, and for those in need of shelter, the Seminole FBC Bridge and Haney Center are open My office is available to assist if needed, and I will coordinate with the governor’s office as needs are met and we determine what assistance may be available for the recovery process.

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