Emergency management assesses damage in Cherokee Nation after 'observed tornado'

Emergency management assesses damage in Cherokee Nation after 'observed tornado' (KTUL)

Tahlequah Cherokee Nation Emergency Manager Scott Pettus explains what damage the county has experienced.

Pettus said there were several minor injuries in the area. Those people drove themselves to the hospital or had someone else drive them.

One person was taken to the hospital by medics with a laceration to the head.

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Multiple power lines are down across Cherokee County, but Ozarks Electric and Lake Region Electric are working to restore power to the community.

Pettus said two substations from Ozarks Electric are down. He said it could take a few hours to a few days for power to be completely restored to the 6,500 customers without power.

Emergency management said if your home is destroyed, you can come to the building across from the Cookson Volunteer Fire Department. The American Red Cross and Cherokee Nation Emergency Management are helping those displaced.

The National Weather Service will be out there Saturday afternoon to assess the damage. NWS will be able to confirm whether it was one or more tornadoes and how strong it/they were.

Pettus said the tornado was on the ground for about 60 miles.

Emergency management said crews will be out there until everyone is taken care of.