While Atlantic and Gulf coastal boat owners and marine facilities watch for hurricanes this time of year, those on inland waters in tornado country are also at risk.
Keystone Lake in Tulsa, Okla., is a 26,000-acre flood control lake with 11 boat ramps, miles of sandy beaches and three marinas. When a violent thunderstorm rolled over the lake on Tuesday, Keyport Marina – and the nearly 30 boats in its slips – were directly in its path.
Straight-line winds picked up a concrete deck dock at the marina, flipped it over, bent it out of shape and dropped it back down, partially atop an adjacent dock.
Most of the boats tied onto the 40-slip dock when the storm rolled through came untied and floated into the harbor, but some weren't so lucky.