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Powerful storm damages property across Texoma

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A mobile home west of Ada was demolished by a powerful storm on June 19, 2019. (KTEN) A mobile home west of Ada was demolished by a powerful storm on June 19, 2019. (KTEN)
Gary Brown said an overnight storm destroyed his fruit crop and flipped a shed at his home near Ada upside-down. (KTEN) Gary Brown said an overnight storm destroyed his fruit crop and flipped a shed at his home near Ada upside-down. (KTEN)
This mobile home near Ada was destroyed by powerful winds on June 19, 2019. (KTEN) This mobile home near Ada was destroyed by powerful winds on June 19, 2019. (KTEN)

PONTOTOC COUNTY, Okla. -- What started as a quiet and calm night for Gary Brown turned into a scary Wednesday pre-dawn.

"I noticed it about 2:30 in the morning, got up and opened the windows up looking outside it was like a hurricane," he said.

The powerful wind, estimated at up to 80 mph, blasted across Brown's property about seven miles northwest of Ada. It took a small shed on a ride and flipped it upside-down.

But it was worse for his neighbor, whose mobile home is a total loss.

"I feel for him more than anything else," Brown said. "I mean, he lost his home."

Nature's punch also stripped fruit from the trees of Brown's orchard just as they were ready to be picked, killing the momentum he gained after surviving the winter frost.

"Everything was looking good, looking real good this year, but as you can see it's all on the ground now," Brown said. "It's going to hurt us a little bit."

Although he and his neighbor took losses from this storm, Gary Brown is putting everything in perspective.

"It's a little scary what can happen," he said. "First thing I checked on was the shop building and the house, and we're okay there, so we're good," he said. "It could have been worse."

There was also damage reported elsewhere. The roof was blown off a house near Vanoss around 2:15 a.m.

Southwest of Ada, there was another report of a roof removed from a residence in the storm.

In Garvin County near Pauls Valley, multiple 18-wheelers were toppled by the wind on Interstate 35, and a barn was said to have rolled into a pasture.

In Seminole County, there were reports of homes damaged, trees down, and power lines down in the Konawa area.

We've also received reports of power outages. As of 12:45 p.m., more than 2,600 customers remained without electric service in Garvin County, with power cut to more than 6,700 customers in Pontotoc County -- that's almost half of all customers

Classes at East Central University in Ada were canceled Wednesday after the campus was blacked out.

KTEN meteorologist Alana Cameron and KTEN.com editor Walt Zwirko in Denison contributed to this report.

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