Weather and Climate

Severe Storms
4:08 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Tornado Watch Issued For Most Of Oklahoma

Storms will continue to move eastward through the evening and early overnight. Large hail and damaging winds will be the primary concerns for locations across central Oklahoma.
Credit National Weather Service / Storm Prediction Center

A Tornado Watch is in place for most of Oklahoma as a storm system is poised to make its way through the state.

Forecasters with the National Weather Service say it's important to be aware of the weather over the next three days, though it's not time to panic.

“It’s very difficult and very challenging striking a balance between freaking people and telling them what they need to be ready for,” says warning coordinating meteorologist Rick Smith with the National Weather Service’s Norman Forecast Office.

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2:21 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Walking The Path Of A Tornado

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John D. Sutter, a CNN Opinion columnist and a former staff writer for The Oklahoman newspaper, walked the full 17-mile damage path from the May 20th tornado, and live-tweeted what he encountered.
I downloaded a map from the National Weather Service and drove on Thursday afternoon to Newcastle. I found the quaint cul de sac where the tornado was born. No one expects an infant to grow into a terrorist. Likewise, looking at the humble beginnings of this tornado, I'd never have dreamed it would stomp across the metro area, smashing neighborhoods, killing 24 people, including seven children in one elementary school, and causing an estimated $2 billion in damages.
Severe Storms
4:59 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Forecasters Say More Severe Weather Possible in Oklahoma

More severe storms are possible again on Wednesday with the area of potential severe weather spreading east into Central Oklahoma.
Credit National Weather Service / Norman Forecast Office

The National Weather Service says starting Tuesday evening Western and Central portions of the state could see more severe thunderstorms with the possibility of some tornadoes.

"Supercells with large hail and damaging winds are expected during the late afternoon and evening with storms likely forming into clusters or lines during the evening," says Rick Smith, a warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office. "The tornado potential is a little bit higher on Wednesday due to strong wind shear, but the hail and wind will still be the most common threats."

He says the focus will mainly be west of the Interstate 35 corridor on Wednesday, but could expand into Central Oklahoma the day after tomorrow.

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11:56 am
Tue May 28, 2013

Unscathed By Tornado, Oklahoma Pubcasters Band Together To Report, Assist With Relief

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One of the first reporters on the scene May 20 after a massive tornado struck the town of Moore, Okla., didn’t mean to be there. Joe Wertz, digital reporter for StateImpact Oklahoma, was trying to get home.
Wertz, working out of KGOU-FM on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, and other station employees heeded storm warnings May 20 by leaving work early. Wertz lives in Oklahoma City about 20 miles north of Norman, and hoped to beat the storm home.
Tornado Recovery
7:44 am
Sun May 26, 2013

As Recovery Continues, Obama Heads To Oklahoma

Southmoore High School senior Jake Spradling hugs a classmate as they get ready to attend their commencement ceremony in Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun May 26, 2013 6:44 am

President Obama is scheduled to visit the city of Moore, Okla., today, to survey the devastation left behind by by a monster EF-5 tornado.

The AP reports:

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Severe Storms
12:19 pm
Sat May 25, 2013

Chasing Okla. Storms: 'Technology Can Only Go So Far'

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

When huge tornadoes, like the one that hit Moore, churn, swirl and scream, most people run for cover. Then there are people like Val Castor, who jumps into his truck and heads straight towards it. Mr. Castor is the senior storm tracker for Channel 9 News in Oklahoma City. He's been covering Oklahoma's temperamental and often treacherous weather for the last 22 years. Val Castor, we had the honor of spending a little time with you in your truck a couple of years ago. Thank you for being with us today.

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Tornado Resources
8:25 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Tornado Recovery Resources

This tornado hit Edmond before striking Carney, Okla. May 19.
Credit Mike Prendergast / SkyWatcherMedia.com

As residents in Oklahoma pick up the pieces of their lives, there are many agencies and organizations providing disaster relief. KGOU has compiled a list of resources to aid in the recovery.

(Updated June 11 at 6:17 p.m.)

City of Moore Information

The official web page for the City of Moore has information about debris removal, mail delivery, volunteer coordination and more.

Food Distribution 

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Weather and Climate
7:06 am
Sat May 25, 2013

New Red Cross Resource Centers

The American Red Cross is opening of three Multi-Agency Resource Centers today in Little Axe, Shawnee and Carney.

These centers will be staffed with caseworkers from the American Red Cross and partner agencies. The Red Cross says those impacted by the storms can come to these centers and meet with all agencies to get assistance with short-term needs.

Hours for the centers will be 9a to 7p.

Little Axe: Little Axe School- 2000 168th Ave NE Norman, OK

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Weather and Climate
4:55 am
Sat May 25, 2013

'Please, No More Clothes': Relief Groups Ask For Cash

Relief agencies like the American Red Cross say monetary donations give them the greatest flexibility to address victims' needs.
Erik Lesser EPA/Landov

Originally published on Sat May 25, 2013 3:38 pm

The tornado that devastated much of Moore, Okla., has drawn loads of donations from across the country: food, clothing, medical supplies, toys. Much of it is needed by the victims, but not everything.

After every disaster, relief groups usually ask for one thing: money. But writing a check or texting a donation isn't always that satisfying for those who want so desperately to help.

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Tornado Aftermath
9:19 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Friday Summary of Oklahoma Tornado News

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

  Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that will allow the state to access $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help communities recover from tornado damage. Fallin on Friday signed a bill that the House and Senate passed unanimously in the wake of the deadly tornado that raked across the state on Monday, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds more. It allows the state to use the money to match federal disaster funds and for other "disaster-related assistance." The state's Rainy Day Fund, a constitutional reserve fund, currently has a balance of about $577 million. Up to 25 percent of the money can be accessed to pay for emergency-related expenses. The rest is reserved for when the state experiences budget shortfalls.

Governor Mary Fallin says Oklahoma isn't going to mandate storm shelters or safe rooms in the aftermath of the Moore tornado. The city's mayor wants to propose a city ordinance requiring all new homes to have storm shelters. But he says the city may only be able to require them for new assisted living facilities and apartment complexes.

The House and Senate on Friday, in response to the deadly twister that tore through the Oklahoma City area on Monday, passed a bill to provide tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses from the storm. Fallin indicated she would sign the measure.

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