Storm damage reported in Pawhuska, region

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Storm damage reported in Pawhuska, region

A powerful overnight storm tore roofs off of buldings and damaged property in and around Pawhuska Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.

Meanwhile, as a result of the same storm system, tens of thousands of people could remain without electricity for several days in Tulsa.

Journal-Capital Corresondent Jack Buzbee captured some the storm damage here in Pawhuska (See attached photos). Local damage reported includes:

— Roof taken off Pawhuska Nursing Home at 11 p.m. Tuesday night. All residents were to be evacuated to another nearby nursing home

— Metal roof ripped off the fire station.

— Metal roof ripped off a building at the Osage County Fairgrounds

Elsewhere, Stuart Solomon, the president of American Electric Power-Public Service Company of Oklahoma, says more than 100,000 homes and business were without power at its peak late Tuesday and early Wednesday.

As of mid-morning Wednesday, about 90,000 customers in the Tulsa area remained without electricity. Solomon says restoring electricity will likely take several days.

Officials at Oklahoma State University’s Center for Health Sciences have closed the facility after the roof of the complex sustained heavy damage in overnight storms.

The health sciences center, along with the school’s health care center and clinical financial services buildings, will all be closed Wednesday.

The roof of the Forensic Sciences and Biomedical Research Center sustained roof damage from the near-80 mph winds sustained during the storms. Other buildings were affected as well.

The powerful thunderstorms swept through parts of Oklahoma late Tuesday and early Wednesday, knocking out power to tens of thousands of homes and businesses and setting off fires caused by lightning strikes. No injuries have been reported.

The National Weather Service says wind gusts of 75 mph or higher were reported in parts of the state.

The National Weather Service predicts highs in the low 90s on Wednesday and Thursday, with more thunderstorms possible.

Journal-Capital Correspondent Jack Buzbee contributed to this report.