Hundreds of homes were affected by two tornadoes that tore through Crawford County on Friday.
The National Weather Service confirmed two tornadoes in the county on Friday night, according to a Sunday post on the National Weather Service Tulsa Facebook page. One tornado that impacted Van Buren will be rated an EF-2 while another tornado that impacted areas east of Rudy will be rated an EF-1.
Crawford County Emergency Management Director Brad Thomas said Sunday afternoon the county received a tornado warning from the National Weather Service at 11:09 p.m. Friday. The first tornado touched down around near the Park Ridge neighborhood in Van Buren, tracked near the Lee Creek camp site and from there went through the west end of Sandstone Drive and Pearl Circle.
However, Thomas said he is still awaiting word from the National Weather Service on the distance this tornado traveled and its width.
The second tornado, Thomas said, developed east of Rudy and ended at Arkansas 348 and Old Turner Road east and south of Mountainburg.
Thomas said Sunday afternoon 130 homes in the county were affected by the two tornadoes. Of this number, five were destroyed and 20 sustained major damage. Although no fatalities were reported, a fireman possibly sustained a broken ankle on Friday night.
Another EF-2 tornado Friday night damaged several structures in the Blackgum area, a previous Times Record article states. It was one of two tornadoes in a thunderstorm in eastern and northeast Oklahoma.