Sun Apr 15, 2012, 06:52 AM
Mortos (2,156 posts)
Deadly Woodward, Oklahoma Tornado
A nighttime tornado killed at least 5 people and injured 20 in the small town of Woodward Oklahoma shortly after midnight. Here is a link to a real time storm chaser's report as the tornado barreled down on the unsuspecting town.
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Deadly Woodward, Oklahoma Tornado (Original post)
Response to Mortos (Original post)
Sun Apr 15, 2012, 07:08 AM
madokie (47,800 posts)
1. That storm is about an hour away from us here right now
I've lived here in northeast Oklahoma all my life and I've never got used to these storms. I'm not even sure one can for that matter.
I hate tornado's
Response to madokie (Reply #1)
Sun Apr 15, 2012, 07:12 AM
Mortos (2,156 posts)
2. I live in OKC
Work nightshift and saw the news reports as they were happening. The storm chaser lives in the area and was obviously shaken up by what he was seeing.
Response to aquart (Reply #4)
Sun Apr 15, 2012, 08:09 AM
YellowRubberDuckie (19,736 posts)
7. I'm in OKC too...
...we're getting more rain now, but we don't have any more chance of sever storms like this one. We watched storm after storm develop in the NW region of OK last night. It was INSANE! I have family in Alva, which is just east of Woodward. Luckily, they have a neighbor that has a good basement.
I know in a lot of markets, weathermen are jokes, but in Oklahoma, they tend to be innovators in meteorology. Gary England worked with NOAA to develop a lot of the modern radar and computer systems they use to analyze radar for storms since the 80s. He's a local legend, and his weather department is credited with saving a TON of lives. When storms get rotation, he's on the TV. He keeps calm, and always makes sure to talk to kids who might be home alone to let them know they will be OK. Tells them to go get their helmets and find the lowest spot in their home, most interior place of their home. Turn the TV up so they can hear him or grab a radio and tune it to the station he simulcasts on. It is really amazing that only 5 people were lost in this storm in OK. IOWA was hit really hard too.