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Pictures of OKC West After Tornado Hit on Friday Evening

Sat, 01 Jun 2013 13:59:25 CDT

Pictures of OKC West After Tornado Hit on Friday Evening Destruction resulted as the OKC West Stockyards was in the direct path of the killer tornado that hit eastern Canadian County on Friday evening. Reports from News9 Helicopter Pilot Jim Gardner on Saturday morning indicated that the main building on the property was badly damaged. That was confirmed by a conversation with Bill Barnhart, the General Manager of OKC West.

Barnhart told us that they "took it right in the mouth" from the tornado that came up from the southwest and killed several folks in and around their vehicles.

There is major damage to the main building and Barnhart told us that he had folks on the way to help him assess the damage.

It is unknown when they will have their next sale- but Barnhart indicated that it will very possibly "be in a tent."

The employee who lives adjacent to the property is safe but took damage to his home. It is unknown if any livestock were killed because of the tornado. The market was scheduled to hold a regular cow and bull sale on Monday at the location just west of Banner Road on old Highway 66, with Wednesday their regular feeder cattle auction day.

These pictures are of the OKC West facility- with major wind damage from the Friday night tornado- our thanks to News9 reporter/anchor Tammy Payne for grabbing these photos for us on Saturday morning.


Pictures of OKC West After Tornado Hit on Friday Evening

Pictures of OKC West After Tornado Hit on Friday Evening

Pictures of OKC West After Tornado Hit on Friday Evening


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