Storm damages Poteau and surrounding communities

Monday evening storms rolled through LeFlore County leaving a path of damage from a southwest section of Poteau ending in the Liberty Community east of Cameron. According to Michael Davidson, director of LeFlore County Emergency Management, it is unclear if the damage was caused by straight line winds or from a twister. The National Weather Service yet has to arrive to survey damage and declare how the damage occurred, according to Davidson. Historic downtown Poteau, along Dewey Ave., sustained damage to store fronts with windows broken at Blue Leaf Productions and Peachtree Hospice. Damages along McKenna Street in Poteau included Eddie's Auto Parts which lost it's roof in the storm. The displaced roof damaged the neighboring Oklahoma Workforce building. Throughout Poteau trees were broken and blown over and to the east on Old Oklahoma 112, the Double Branch Baptist Church's playground was damaged along with the roof of a barn strewn across a pasture. The most severe damage in Liberty when the storm tore a mobile home from its foundation scattering debri and destruction more than 100 yards from the trailers original location. The mobile home was completely destroyed. No injuries have been reported in connection with Monday night's storms.