The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

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April 26, 2009

Tornado hits in northern Enid, Expo Center damaged

Staff reports

Emergency responders reported significant damage in the North Enid area after a tornado struck the north side of town shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday.

In addition, there was extensive damage reported to a large section of the roof at Garfield County Expo Center. At 11 p.m. Garfield County Commissioners declared the building unsafe and were not allowing anyone but emergency personnel and county officials in the building.

The Enid Home Show, which was to open again today at the Expo Center, has been canceled due to significant damage to booths and displays. Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported a number of power lines down in the area as well.

“It’s gone,” said Janelle Martin, after surveying the damage to booths and displays at the Enid Home Show.

She is a representative with Production Group LLC, which was putting on the three-day event.

“Please pray for my vendors.”

She said many of the vendors at the show were being taken care of and offered hotel rooms for the night.

As many as 40 vendors had trailers in the Expo Center parking lot, but they were all moved into a secure area of the Expo Center as the storm neared.

Enid Police Department Capt. Dean Grassino said they had unconfirmed reports of people in two homes trapped, and emergency responders were conducting search-and-rescue operations, going door to door in the area.

However, North Enid Mayor Matt Miller later said they had done a survey and reported there were no injures, but damage was being seen, particularly along North 4th, including a number of power lines down. North Enid Police Chief Martin Schubert also confirmed a number of trees and limbs downed, along with damage to roofs, windows and fences. A shooting club and car wash sustained significant damage.

High winds and flying debris damaged many of the implements at P&K; Equipment, 4121 N. U.S. 81 Bypass, and caused minor building damage.

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