Trees take the brunt of powerful winds

City crews began the task of cleaning up Tuesday after thunderstorms packing straightline winds brought down century-old trees and closed several roads during the overnight hours.

Above, a Yukon city employee uses a chainsaw to cut up a tree that fell during Monday’s thunderstorm at Kimbell Park. Several trees in that area were toppled by the storm. At right, this home in Yukon was heavily damaged when a tree fell on it during Monday’s thunderstorm. Photos / Terry Groover

A crew from the city’s parks and recreation maintenance department was using chainsaws to remove a tree that had fallen in Kimbell Park early Tuesday.
Meanwhile, across the street, residents were shaking their heads as they looked at trees and limbs that were strewn throughout the neighborhood.
At least one house suffered significant hail damage, while another two doors down lost its roof to a huge tree that fell on it.
Two vehicles — a car and a pickup — were buried beneath the tree, which was uprooted.
Across the street, a cottonwood tree that was at 60 feet tall and eight feet in diameter lay on the ground.
The homeowner’s pickup was buried beneath the tree’s branches, but his home was spared, he said.
Yukon Fire Chief Shawn Vogt said there was damage throughout the community, but mainly it was trees and limbs being down.
The most significant damage appeared to be along a path between Maple and Poplar streets and just east of Kimbell Park.
There also was damage in downtown, where Vogt said Locke Supply suffered roof damage.
City spokesperson Jenna Roberson said a flag pole at city hall was bent.
“There had to be significant wind,” said Roberson.
John Pike, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Norman, said there was no radar indication of a tornado, though there were strong wind gusts.
Pike said the Mesonet site in Yukon indicated wind gusts as high as 55 mph throughout the evening.
Pike also said hail ranging in size from 1-inch to 2-inches fell in the area.
Pike said about 5.17 inches of rain fell at the Mesonet site between 8 p.m. and midnight.
At Wiley Post Airport in Warr Acres, 6.5 inches of rain fell during the same period.
That prompted the closure of several roads that are prone to flooding, including State Highway 4 from Ash to Wilshire, Wagner Road from Yukon Parkway to 11th Street, Foreman Road from 11th to Frisco and Richland Road to Foreman Road.
Also closed was 11th Street from Kali to Foreman Road.
Pike said Yukon was in the bull’s-eye of the storm.
Meanwhile, Vogt said the department did not respond to any water rescues because of the flash flooding.
Canadian County Emergency Management Director Andrew Skidmore said the remainder of the county only had small amounts of damage.
He did say there was some flood along Banner Road, which frequently happens when there is significant rain.

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