May 29th, 2015
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According to the National Weather Service,
A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR CENTRAL LE
FLORE COUNTY UNTIL 1100 AM CDT...
AT 1022 AM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF LAKE WISTER STATE PARK...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 40 MPH.
HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND PENNY SIZE HAIL.
IMPACT...EXPECT DAMAGE TO ROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.
LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH INCLUDE...LAKE WISTER STATE PARK...
HODGEN...WISTER...HEAVENER...HOWE...HEAVENER RUNESTONE STATE
PARK...POTEAU...SHADY POINT...PANAMA AND CAMERON
Friends of the Kerr Mansion are seeking volunteers to help Saturday [May 30] in clean up of the grounds after an EF2 tornado touched down Monday.
For more information contact Tony Riley at (918) 658-5261.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa has confirmed that an EF-2 tornado struck Poteau over Memorial Day.
The confirmed tornado caused widespread damage in the area, with trees down throughout the city and surrounding towns, falling into and on top of homes, debris scattered and homes destroyed.
LeFlore County isn't expected to receive a break from storms as more are projected today, May 28, and over the next several days.
There are thunderstorm potentials in the forecast every day into next Wednesday, with severe thunderstorm potential this Friday.
WALL, S.D. (AP) â€” Authorities have identified an Oklahoma man killed in a one-vehicle crash in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says 51-year-old Richard Vasquez of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, was killed in the crash Saturday afternoon.
According to the Highway Patrol, the pickup driven by Vasquez went off state Highway 240 and down a steep embankment, rolling twice.
The patrol says Vasquez was thrown from the pickup and died at the scene.
An investigation is ongoing.
According to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale, the residents of about 50 homes near Caston Creek and in the Ward and Pocohantas areas near Wister Lake are being asked to evacuate [May 25 at 1 p.m.].
Seale said the evacuations are voluntary and are being requested before a potential of another 3 inches of rain arrive this evening. Seale said residents who don't leave could be stranded for up to four days.
Flash floods will again be possible today, Monday, May 25 - and a few tornadoes haven't been ruled out.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa said we have an elevated risk for tornadoes this afternoon and into tonight as severe thunderstorms move back into the area.
Showers and storms have started to develop across West-Central Texas this morning and will track into southeastern Oklahoma this afternoon and spread into northwest Arkansas by late afternoon.
As the Poteau Pirates of yesteryears began to assemble for the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame, it was just amazing to hear how their yardage gained had swollen to new height, how their fastball had gained speed and how the sprintersâ€™ time would rival Usaine Bolt in his prime. One could just set back and revel in hearing the great stories of times past.
The All-School Reunion for Poteau High occurs every three years, and the Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremonies usually precedes the reunion.
There were 11 were inducted into the 2015 Poteau High School Hall of Fame. Those inducted were:
It may not look like much, but it truly was. Anyone who went to the Heavener gym to watch basketball this past season quickly noticed a new addition â€” new bleachers with seats, as opposed to the old wooden bleacher seats of the past.