Images the day after a dangerous Oklahoma tornado show the destruction it left in its wake AP Photo/Larry Papke
FILE - In this March 30, 2016, file photo, a tornado touches down in Tulsa, Okla. Hundreds of the nation's top meteorologists and disaster recovery experts will converge on Oklahoma City beginning Feb. 13, 2017, for the sixth-annual tornado summit, even though much of the discussion is likely to have more to do with temblors, not twisters. (AP Photo/Larry Papke, File)

Tulsa, Okla., residents woke up to the devastation of an EF2 tornado that hit the town overnight, reports FOX23.

The tornado hit shortly after 1 AM, destroying multiple businesses. There was no early indication of the tornado’s appearance and officials say it moved on before a warning could be sent to residents.

“It’s a highly commercial area with a lot of people normally in there. There’s a mall, there’s a movie theater, a TGI Fridays,” said Tulsa spokeswoman Kim Meloy. Meloy said that the timing was ideal considering hundreds, if not thousands of people occupied the commercial area during the day.

Over 15,000 residents lost power. A reported 39 were hospitalized or treated for storm-related injuries.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum thanked emergency services for their part in saving lives and informed the public how they might go about helping:

City crews are out clearing streets and making sure Tulsans can get around safely. Whenever we call on them in the…

Posted by Mayor GT Bynum on Sunday, August 6, 2017

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The extensive damage was captured on several Facebook Lives, courtesy of various KTUL reporters:


Maureen Wurtz is also checking out storm damage on 41st between Sheridan and Yale. —

Posted by Tulsa's Channel 8 – KTUL on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Burt Mummolo is live now at PetSmart on 41st Street where they are evacuating the animals.

Posted by Tulsa's Channel 8 – KTUL on Sunday, August 6, 2017

Kim Jackson is live as she checks out overnight storm damage.

Posted by Tulsa's Channel 8 – KTUL on Sunday, August 6, 2017


David Norris is live near 41st and Sheridan. Emergency crews are working on downed power lines and removing debris from the area.

Posted by Tulsa's Channel 8 – KTUL on Sunday, August 6, 2017

The tornado was described as an “exceptionally fast-moving storm.”

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