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Weather and Climate
1:58 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Small Business Loans Available After Federal Disaster Declaration Denied For March 25 Tornadoes

A classroom at the damaged Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary School in Moore, that took a direct hit during the March 25 tornado.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated April 8, 7:31 a.m.: SBA loans available

The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced that low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Oklahoma businesses and residents affected by the severe storms that raked parts of the state last month.

Tuesday's disaster declaration makes SBA assistance available in Canadian, Cleveland, Creek, Grady, McClain, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Osage, Pawnee, Pottawatomie, Rogers, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington counties.

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Weather and Climate
3:41 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Fallin Seeks Federal Declaration For Cleveland, Tulsa Counties After Last Week's Storms

Gov. Mary Fallin speaks to members of the media March 26 morning after touring the damage at Southgate-Rippetoe Elementary School in Moore.
Credit Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin formally requested a federal disaster declaration Wednesday for two Oklahoma counties affected by last week’s tornadoes that damaged thousands of homes and businesses and claimed four lives.

The request for the designation for Cleveland and Tulsa counties is a step toward eligibility for repairs or temporary housing, low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration, as well as other grants and disaster unemployment assistance.

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Here & Now
2:02 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Tornado Hits Oklahoma On Anniversary Of Historic 1948 Forecast

This frame taken from video provided by Brenton Leete shows a funnel cloud in part of a storm Wednesday, March 25, 2015, in Sand Springs, Okla. The slow start to the nation's tornado season came to a blustery end Wednesday when tornadoes hit Arkansas and Oklahoma. (Brenton Leete/AP)

Originally published on Thu March 26, 2015 1:51 pm

A series of severe thunderstorms led to tornadoes across Oklahoma last night, killing one person and injuring several others. More than 75,000 people are without power and numerous schools are closed, as the damage is assessed.

On the same day in 1948, a tornado hit the Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma, causing considerable damage but few injuries and no fatalities. That is because Air Force Captain Robert Miller and Major Ernest Fawbush predicted the atmospheric conditions that led to the storm, based on another storm that occurred five days earlier.

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Weather and Climate
9:54 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Fallin Declares State Of Emergency For 25 Counties After Oklahoma Tornadoes

Moore resident Joetta Strain holds her "prized possession," a photograph of her parents she's had since she was 16. The home she's lived in since 1973 is likely a total loss after Wednesday's tornado.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

Updated 2:31 p.m.: National Weather Service issues preliminary report

The Norman office of the National Weather Service spent Thursday assessing the aftermath of Wednesday's tornado and damaging straight line winds, and are surveying damage in southwest Oklahoma City and Moore.

The Weather Service received some criticism on social media for the timing of the tornado warning, and Thursday's report estimates the first tornado warning was issued six minutes after the twister developed over southwest Oklahoma City.

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Weather and Climate
2:23 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Tennis Ball-Sized Hail, Wildfires Possible As Cold Front Arrives In Oklahoma

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 2:19 p.m.

The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for much of central and eastern Oklahoma as the threat of severe weather slowly increases.

The Norman Forecast Office says the prime time for storm development should come between 3 and 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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Weather and Climate
5:26 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Schools, Businesses Remain Closed Thursday After More Snow, Ice Across Oklahoma

Norman Forecast Office National Weather Service

Updated 5:18 a.m.

After a delayed arrival, a winter storm dumped several inches of snow and coated roads and surfaces with a thin layer of ice Wednesday.

School districts canceled classes for a second day in a row Thursday, and most major universities have delayed openings and classes until later in the morning or early afternoon.

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Weather and Climate
11:04 am
Sat February 28, 2015

Winter Weather Advisory Extended As More Heavy Snow Falls Across Oklahoma Saturday

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

Updated 3:17 p.m.

Saturday afternoon the Norman forecast office of the National Weather Service extended the Winter Weather Advisory until 6 a.m. Sunday.

Sleet will likely continue Saturday afternoon, eventually changing over to freezing rain between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. as lows fall to the upper 20s. Little to no sleet accumulation is expected.

Sunday morning there's a possibility of freezing rain before 7 a.m., but that should change over to just rain as much warmer temperatures arrive. Highs will be around 43 degrees.

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Weather and Climate
5:36 pm
Mon February 23, 2015

Snow, Sleet Lead To School Closings Due To 'Deteriorating Conditions' In Central Oklahoma

It will start off cold Tuesday, but then we will see more sun and warmer temperatures. There may still be hazardous travel this morning where snow and sleet accumulated on Sunday and Monday.
National Weather Service Norman Forecast Office

Updated 6:30 a.m.

Most central Oklahoma schools have canceled classes Tuesday due to continuing icy conditions, including Oklahoma City, Norman, Edmond, El Reno and Deer Creek Public Schools.

Several area universities have also delayed their openings.

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Weather and Climate
3:24 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

'Highly Complex' Winter Weather System To Move Through Oklahoma This Weekend

What the National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office is calling a "highly complex winter weather scenario" is expected to move through central and northwest Oklahoma this weekend.

Very cold air will move in behind a front Saturday night into Sunday, bringing light wintry precipitation. Northwest Oklahoma could see the greatest amount of snowfall during the first round - anywhere from 1-2 inches.

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Weather and Climate
6:38 am
Mon February 16, 2015

Oklahoma City Snow Routes Interactive Map

The map above shows the Oklahoma City's designated regional snow routes.