The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 19, 2013

Officer treated and released after injuries from windstorm

By Robert Barron, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

ENID, Okla. — EPD officer Lee Friesendahl was treated and released at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Saturday night after his patrol car was struck by a strong windstorm triggered by a heat burst.

The blast contained debris, which broke the windshield of his vehicle. EPD Sgt. Richard Sutton said the officer suffered cuts and scrapes, but is doing well.

No injuries were reported in a 10-car pileup Saturday night at 162nd and U.S. 412. The accident was caused by blowing dust, which obscured drivers’ vision.

After Saturday’s brush with strong to severe storms, Enid remained dry Sunday as tornadic storms churned to the south and east. No remaining electrical outages were reported in the Enid area, but 61 customers remained without power in Lahoma, according to OG&E Electric Services System Watch.

Storms were reported in Woods County Sunday afternoon, but no damage had been reported. At about 6 p.m., a police dispatcher said all of the county’s storm spotters had gone home.

Mike Honigsberg, certified director of Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management, said late Sunday instability still was present, but there was no catalyst to cause a storm to begin.

“There’s a low sitting to the west over Woods County and its blocking the front and preventing the dry line from advancing,” he said. “There’s no kicker to fire things off, but we still have the instability.”

A slight chance of storms remains in today’s forecast, with severe weather once again possible. There is a 50 percent chance of storms tonight.