Tornado forms in Osage County

TIM HUDSONexaminer-enterprise
Tornado forms in Osage County

BARTLESVILLE — Despite tornado activity in Osage, Washington and Nowata counties, the local area fared well Monday, according to officials.

“Locally we really fared very well,” Washington County Emergency Management Director Kary Cox said on Tuesday. “We had the cell that came in the south end of the county that did have a confirmed tornado on the ground. When we first picked it up, it was south of Avant and several of our spotters had confirmed sightings of it.”

Tornado sirens were sounded in Ramona, Ochelata and Vera, he said.

The storm, producing strong rotation, formed near Avant in Osage county before moving in an northeast direction.

“The storm then crossed the highway around 3600 Road, south of Ramona. We did shut both lanes of traffic down on (U.S. Highway) 75 briefly,” Cox said.

The storm then moved on to the northeast and out of the area, he said.

“Damage assessment teams checked the entire area. There were trees down but it didn’t appear to have hit any structures,” Cox said. “As of this morning we have had no reports of damage … we were very, very lucky.”