September 8, 2012- A thunderstorm that swept across northeastern Oklahoma left homes affected with no injuries, but 4 fatalities.
Amongst the four killed was a young child, all who lost their lives as the thunderstorm, which came along with strong wind, blew across the north east region of the state. Nowata County, which borders the state line and that which touches Kansas, saw two adults and a child killed as the strong winds destroyed their mobile home. Doug Sonenberg, Deputy Sherriff, spoke to the media concerning the incident, stating that the three bodies had been found in a creek nearby to the devastated home. He released no information on the identity of the bodies until later.
Afton in Ottawa County, found further east in the state, was also touched by the drastic change in climate as straight-line winds hit and turned over a tractor-trailer as it advanced along a highway, thrusting it onto a dividing barrier. The incident was reported by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as they announced the death of Jimmy King, 70, who it is now known lay trapped for three hours before passing away at the scene.
Over 18,100 homes were also left with no electricity all across the center, west and north-east of Oklahoma as winds brought down trees and power lines with them. Although minor damages to a few buildings were reported, no other serious casualties ensued.
The climate has been attributed to a cold front ceiling and weather system that found themselves on course to collide with triple-digit temperatures as winds surpassed 70mph, as reported by the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City.