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Tornado Rips Through Tulsa

August 6, 2017 by  

Tulsa Tornado August 6, 2017
A tornado, with the preliminary rating of EF2 ripped through parts of Midtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, just after 1:15AM on Sunday, August 6.

Areas familiar to the BMX community were heavily damaged by the twister, including the Starbucks, Chipotle and Whataburger on 41st street, which many BMXers hit up on the way to Expo Square from the Embassy Suites, Courtyard and other hotels along Interstate 44.

News reports say the damage was primarily in the grid bounded by 41st Street to 51st street, and from Yale to Mingo Street (as represented on the above image).

While there were several serious injuries from flying debris, there were no fatalities.

The 18-story Remington Tower (a landmark for incoming travelers to know you’re almost “there”) was hit hard by the storm, which tore chunks out of its brown brick facade, smashed windows, and destroyed the building’s penthouse. Early morning reports listed the building as without power and “unstable,” though it was unclear if that meant structurally, or in terms of the facade.

Buildings at Expo Square, home to the USA BMX Grand National, were reportedly undamaged by the storm.

Check the link below for a photo gallery, via Tulsa World.

We will be in Tulsa in 108 days for the 2017 USA BMX Grands. The thoughts and prayers of the BMX Community are with the residents and business owners of Tulsa.

—Mike Carruth

Links

Tulsa World Tornado Photo Gallery




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Tulsa Tornado August 6, 2017

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