Weather and Climate

Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:42 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Insurance Increase: Homeowners' Premiums Skyrocket After Oklahoma's 2013 Tornadoes

StateFarm Flickr Creative Commons

After a series of severe storms swept through the state in May of last year, insurance carriers paid out over $1 billion in claims, making it the nation’s most costly disaster of 2013.

Most insurance issues have now been settled, but many homeowners are looking at higher rates than they were paying before the storm.

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Weather and Climate
9:03 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Storms Roll Through Oklahoma With Hail, High Winds

High wind damage Tuesday morning in Bartlesville.
Kurt Gwartney Eastern Oklahoma Region American Red Cross

Classes are canceled in Bartlesville after severe storms swept through the area, knocking out electricity to many areas of the northern Oklahoma city.

The Monday storms also downed tree limbs and power lines in Craig, Osage and Nowata counties. No injuries have been reported.

Bartlesville Public Schools officials say classes are canceled Tuesday at all campuses because of the power outages.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:33 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Without FEMA Funds, Numerous Oklahoma Counties Sit On Expired Disaster Plans

Grady County's emergency manager Dale Thompson is in charge of updating a county-wide hazard mitigation plan, identifying each hazard the area faces.
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

With threats ranging from ice storms to tornadoes, Oklahoma ranks first in the nation in the number of presidentially declared disasters over the past 14 years.

That’s why the state says it's important for local officials to maintain hazard mitigation plans, explaining the steps they're taking to reduce or eliminate their risks. But keeping things up-to-date has proven tough. 

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Oklahoma News
11:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Duncan Headed For Stricter Water Rationing

Credit J. STEPHEN CONN / Flickr Creative Commons

Duncan will move to a higher water conservation status that will take effect later this fall.

The Duncan Banner reports the Stage 4 rationing won't be enforced until October to give residents time to adjust their water usage.

The city revised that status, which previously prohibited all outdoor water usage, to allow residents to use water outside one day each week.

Residents living north of Elk Avenue will be allowed to water their lawns for nine hours on Wednesday. Those living south of Elk Avenue can do so on Saturdays.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:00 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Students Return To New Schools After 2013 Moore Tornado

10-year-old Marissa Miley returns Tuesday, August 19, to Briarwood Elementary School
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

This week marks 15 months since a deadly tornado swept through Moore, Oklahoma, leveling two schools and taking the lives of seven children inside Plaza Towers Elementary. It’s been a long journey, but the schools finally reopen Tuesday, and the kids are excited to be back.

10-year-old Marissa Miley was finishing up third grade at Moore’s Briarwood Elementary last year when an EF-5 tornado destroyed her school.

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$112,000
6:08 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Chickasaw Nation Receives Large EPA Grant

Credit DonkeyHotey / Flickr.com

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $112,000 to the Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma to use to administer the tribe's environmental program and to help develop multimedia programs to address environmental issues.

The funds may also be used for attending environmental training and conducting community outreach.

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Weather and Climate
9:33 am
Tue August 12, 2014

Storm Forecasters Adding Extra Layers To Warnings

The Day 1 Convective Outlook - August 12, 2014
Storm Prediction Center National Weather Service

The Storm Prediction Center is adding two threat levels to its U.S. weather outlooks so people aren't surprised by really bad storms on days with just a "slight risk" of tornadoes, hail or high winds.

Beginning Oct. 22, forecasters can say whether slight risk days are "enhanced" or "marginal." Other categories remain, including "high" and "moderate."

The Norman, Oklahoma-based center proposed the change after finding that some days had conditions worse than a "slight risk" but not as bad as a "moderate risk."

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Weather and Climate
6:37 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Heavy Rainfall Helps Ease Drought In Oklahoma, Southwest

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map for Oklahoma, released August 7, 2014
U.S. Drought Monitor U.S. Department of Agriculture

A generous storm season has helped ease drought conditions in Oklahoma and the Southwest but parts of the hard-hit southern plains still have a long way to go. The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday says between 2 and 6 inches of rain fell in storms last week across the plains of Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas and Texas, which have been stuck in a drought for nearly four years.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:05 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Auditing The Storm: Damage Created Challenges For Hotel With Largest Approved Disaster Loan

The U.S. Small Business Administration approved the largest disaster loan for the Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center for damage in the May 31 storms.
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

Among the more than 900 federal disaster loans offered because of the 2013 storms in Oklahoma, the largest was to cover damage to a hotel east of downtown Oklahoma City.

The 188-room Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center, located about three miles east of the Bricktown entertainment district, was approved for a $748,500 disaster loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration for damage in the May 31 storms.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Auditing The Storm: A Look At Low-Interest Disaster Loans

The Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center was approved for the largest Small Business Administration disaster loan for damage in the May 31 storms
Kate Carlton Greer Oklahoma Tornado Project

After a federally-declared disaster, the U.S. Small Business Administration issues low-interest loans to help homeowners and businesses recover. The agency disbursed over $20 million to Oklahomans following last year’s severe weather outbreak in the central part of the state, so we wanted to look into exactly what it takes to get one of those loans. 

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