COWETA, OK – Coweta Police Chief Mike Bell said Monday that setting the city’s tornado sirens off early enough for residents to find shelter saved lives during Sunday night’s suspected tornado. “We made the decision to set the sirens off early before it got close. We knew we had to wake people up and get them ready to go,” Bell said. “That decision saved lives last night.”
No injuries or fatalities have been reported. An inspection of the area Monday confirmed that the most significant damage is near 151st Street South and Highway 51B. Power lines were still down in several areas on Monday morning, and 800 residents were without power. PSO is working to restore power in the affected areas and asks that citizens avoid areas where utility trucks are present. As of Monday midday, PSO expected power to be restored to all areas by end of day.
Coweta Public Schools Superintendent Jeff Holmes confirmed that classes at all Coweta schools would be canceled today and tomorrow, which means students will be out of school for the rest of the week since fall break was scheduled to start Wednesday this week. Early reports saying the high school had been hit were incorrect. Mission Intermediate Grade Center appears to have suffered the most damage, with windows being blown out, trees down, and other damage visible. “We’re still in the process of surveying the other schools to determine what damage was done,” Holmes said. “We’re very thankful no one was there.”
Roger Kolman, City Manager of Coweta, said, “Please don’t drive into or sightsee in the damaged areas. Emergency and utility crews need to be able to do their jobs as efficiently as possible.”
Several homes along with Coweta Manor nursing home and Coweta Apartments also sustained damage. At this time, it has not been confirmed that the severe weather experienced on Sunday was the result of a tornado. The National Weather Service will be surveying the scene today and then make an official determination about the storm.
Bell thanked the multiple other agencies who joined Coweta Police and Fire Departments Sunday into Monday to assist on-site, including:
- Broken Arrow Fire Department
- Stone Bluff Fire Department
- Oklahoma Highway Patrol
- Muscogee Nation Lighthorse Police
- Wagoner County Sheriff’s Office
- Wagoner County Emergency Management
Additional information will be forthcoming regarding the disposal of storm debris. If you’re experiencing a power outage, please contact PSO at (888) 218-3919 or report your outage online at https://www.psoklahoma.com/outages/report/. To report a natural gas odor or emergency, leave the area immediately and then call 911 and 800‑458‑4251. Anyone in an emergency situation should call 911.