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Severe weather swept through the southern portion of Alfalfa County Saturday, May 16, causing damage and destruction in its path.
Cleo Springs took a direct hit that flipped a car, moved carports and took out trees.
One area person reported a tornado touched down briefly 5 or 6 miles north of Jet. The tornado was on the ground for approximately half a mile before it went back up.
Alfalfa County Commissioners reported no major damage besides trees and road washouts.
Cherokee citizens and drivers passing through were rerouted after water exceeded the side of the canyon approximately 125 yards from the bridge on the north side of Cherokee.
TH Rogers was in the direct area where the flood happened, and they were able to get sand bags up to prevent water from entering the store. The only damage reported was some asphalt that was washed out and cleanup from the mess that came from flood waters.
A tornado hit a farm southwest of Orienta and completely moved the house off the location. That tornado was rated an F1 by the National Weather Service in Norman.
Amorita and Byron Fire Department was called to an oil well site 1 mile north and 3/4 of a mile east of Amorita for a tank battery fire caused by lightning.
Cherokee Fire Department was called to a similar fire at approximately 1:25 p.m. for a tank battery fire 2 miles south and 2 miles west of Cozy Curve. Assisting Cherokee were Dacoma, Jet, Goltry, Carmen and Amorita and Byron fire departments. The cause of the fire was listed as possible lightning.
Throughout the weekend, the Alfalfa County Sheriff’s Department received calls about water on the roadways in Alfalfa County.
According to the Mesonet site, on Saturday, Cherokee received 2.72 inches of rain. For the month of May, the total is at almost 5.5 inches, bringing the total for the year to 11.49 inches.
The first five months of 2014, the grand total was 2.68 inches, down 77 percent from the current year.
Burlington Co-op reported they received around 3.8 inches of rain over the previous weekend.
The nine day forecast, as of press time, doesn’t show any chance for the ground to dry out with chances of rain ranging from 30 percent to 90 percent.