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No injuries in 'likely' Pontotoc County tornado

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This mobile home was damaged by a possible tornado in Pontotoc County. (KTEN) This mobile home was damaged by a possible tornado in Pontotoc County. (KTEN)

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. -- Residents in rural Pontotoc County, west of Byng, had an unusual and frightening wake-up call on Thursday morning.

What was likely a tornado swept through the neighborhood around 8:30 a.m., leaving damage -- but no injuries -- in its wake.

"It's been very shocking for me," said Betty Archer. "I did not even expect this to happen today to me, but it can happen to anyone."

The howling wind demolished a vacant mobile home across the street and caused devastation all around her property along County Road 3510.

"I thank God above all that I'm here and my house is not hurt, and my guest that I have with me wasn't hurt," Archer said.

She added that she has lived in the home for half a century, and it was mostly unscathed.

"You can grow new trees, replace the lines, but it's a life you can't," she said.

Sheriff John Christian said the storm formed just as quickly as it diminished.

"This just shows how dangerous these storms are this time of year," he said. "A lot of times they even catch us a little off-guard, and we have to play catch up."

Christian urged residents to be on alert any time there are storms in your area, because not everyone can be as fortunate as Betty Archer was on Thursday morning.

"Everyone needs to be very careful and watch these storms," she said. "It's very important."

The National Weather Service was analyzing the data to determine whether it was indeed a tornado that caused Thursday's damage.

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