Storm damages Festival grounds, MCN complex

Storm damages Festival grounds, MCN complex
(Josh Slane/Mvskoke Media) Storms rolled through Okmulgee, Oklahoma in the early morning hours of June 24, causing damage to Muscogee Nation Festival rides and tents at the Claude Cox Omniplex and trees at the Muscogee (Creek) Nation complex.

*UPDATE 9:20 a.m. June 27 to include statement from National Weather Service- Tulsa regarding cause of storm damage.

*UPDATE 11:42 a.m. June 24 to include interview with MCN Risk Management Manager Phil Booker.

*UPDATE 11:23 a.m. June 24 to include interview with MCN Tourism and Recreation Director Kyle Lee.

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Joshua Slane/Mvskoke Media Contributor

OKMULGEE, Oklahoma — Storms rolled through Okmulgee in the early morning hours June 24, causing damage to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Complex and Claude Cox Omniplex.

The storm came through at approximately 4:30-5 a.m., producing 70 mph winds.

MCN Tourism and Recreation Director Kyle Lee said that it was fortunate it happened when the Muscogee Nation Festival was not in operation.

“We had some people on site, some vendors,” he said. “Members of Emergency Management that went through the storm and luckily no one was injured.”

Lee said there was damage to some tents, carnival rides were moved and debris was on the ground from the winds.

The Muscogee Nation Festival fastpitch softball tournament finals were delayed until June 30.

“We postponed the softball championships until next weekend,” he said. “We want to make sure we want to keep everyone attending safe throughout the tournament.”

Wind damage was sustained throughout Okmulgee and further east into Morris.

Lee is speaking with MCN Emergency Management regarding the severity of the storm.

“They are trying to see if it could have been a small tornado,” he said. “That confirmation has not happened yet.”

Lee also said he is blessed that there were no injuries reported during the storm.

MCN Risk Management Manager Phil Booker said Arbor Care has been out for several hours cleaning up the area.

“For traffic reasons, we’re trying to get all of that cleared up first, then we’ll go into the individual needs and stuff, and the yards and so forth,” he said.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa tweeted that the damage was caused by straight-line winds.

 

An email from MCN Public Relations asked Muscogee (Creek) citizens in the area who received damage to contact MCN Arbor Care Services to assess the damage at: 918-752-8577. 

According to Public Service Company of Oklahoma’s website at 10:30 a.m., June 24, there was an electric outage in a large portion of Okmulgee.

The website for the National Weather Service in Tulsa predicted a slight risk of severe storms for the area after midnight on June 24.

 
Photos by: Josh Slane/Mvskoke Media

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