Large Tornado Hits Kiowa, Washita Counties

A category EF-2 tornado touched down in Kiowa County Tuesday, May 7, 2019, and ripped a 20-mile path across pastureland and through the town of Rocky before dissipating just south of Cordell. While the tornado and accompanying storm caused severe property damage, no human injuries or deaths have been reported from the storm.

The town of Rocky lost power for a short time Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, but electricity was restored quickly. The towns of Rocky and Sentinel were without municipal water as of press time Monday, May 13, 2019. Washita County Emergency Management Director Sandy Settles said the outage was the result of two eightinch water lines breaking in Bechkam County. Those lines, he said, provide the municipal water to the towns.

As of Monday morning, a temporary patch had been applied to the line running into Sentinel, which was allowing the city to refill its water tower and meter the release of water to residents in town. Crews were working to provide the same type of temporary fix to the pipe providing water to Rocky.

Settles told The Beacon that final damage assessments have yet to be made, as crews are still working to assess and repair damage. Flooding in many parts of the county, he said, have hampered efforts to reach impacted areas.


To read more please log in or subscribe to the digital edition.