Collinsville, Oklahoma
June 30, 2016
High Winds Knock Down Trees & Power
Brief But Powerful Event Thursday Evening
Most Without Power For Hours ... But Star Wars Movie Ran In Calm Afterward

I was only half-way paying attention to the TV weatherman about an hour before a storm front was to reach Collinsville Thursday evening as he didn't seem too excited. But things did get exciting in Collinsville about 7:15pm June 30th. Winds perhaps as high as 70 miles an hour roared through Collinsville along with a heavy sideways rain leaving limbs, whole trees, power lines and pole, and signs damaged in the wake.

There were apparently no injuries but nearly everyone lost power for several hours and a few were still without early the next day on Friday. I didn't venture very far myself but have included a random sample of my own and Facebook photos here. Based on what I heard it was a Collinsville-only event. It was powerful but brief and about an hour later things were settled enough for folks to start gathering at the City Plaza for the final free Chamber outdoor movie. What would likely have been an overflow crowd without the storm, was instead a small crowd on what turned out to be a cool and calm evening. Downtown power was restored (if it went out?) except the street lights by about 8pm. -- Ted Wright

Uprooted tree near the Health Center at 12th and Center.
This tree near the Spring Street entrance to City Park looks like it should have fallen many storms ago.
Garage roof damage near 12th and Spring.
Overturned trash containers were a common sight in most neighborhoods with the rain still pouring down (~7:15pm).
The after the storm clouds (looking west from the Library past the Baptist Church) about 8:50pm Thursday.
Some of the storm damage last night. It blew in and out quickly leaving some damage. All in all we were very blessed. City crews worked through the night to make sure everyone's power was restored. Clean up will now begin.

It's a great group of guys and gals that pulled together. Kudos to the men in the field. It's a dangerous job they do, and they do it well.

Thank you to all who prayed for their safety. -- City Manager Pam Polk 7/1/2016

Collinsville Times Star -- Facebook Post ~9pm Thursday 6/30/2016 --

Collinsville police department has informed our office that the entire city of Collinsville is without power due to almost 3 dozen downed power lines because of trees, limbs and other debris....There is No estimated time when power will be back up...they are doing their best and working as diligently as possible.

Early (understated) KTUL report on 6/30/2016 Storm July 1st NewsOn6 storm followup ... most have power back
Major wind gusts and lightning about 7:15pm Thursday knocked out electricity and small limbs plus a stong but brief rainfall. My residential lights are still out as I post this about 8pm 6/30/2016. -- Ted Wright
I watched the plaza Star Wars movie (downtown had power) and calculate power was out at my house about 2 hours and 45 minutes.
TV Channel 6 photo showing a snapped power pole near the High School on Highway 20.
The City Park flagpole was blown over.
4-Way Stop signs and utility trucks were a common sight in downtown after the storm. There was no power to the stoplights. The Crown Theatre sign was also damaged.
After the wind and rain died down Thursday night a different battle was staged downtown with (Star Wars) Jedi and light sabers as the Chamber of Commerce presented their final summer movie at the City Hall Plaza.
Two new signs in front of the Baptist Church were wind damaged Thursday.
Portions of the American Bank advertisement on the Sallee Field scoreboard were found in a neighbor's yard.

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