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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

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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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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:35 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Dwindling Drought Doesn’t Mean A Slowdown In Water Conservation Efforts

The July 29 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which doesn't reflect the full impact of this week's rainfall.
Credit U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR

Despite more than 80 percent of the state still being under some level of drought, recent wet weather and below average temperatures continue to reduce the severity and size of drought in Oklahoma.

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Weather and Climate
9:04 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Flash Flood Watch In Effect Until 7 a.m. Thursday

National Weather Service currently thinking in terms of total rainfall amounts tonight through Thursday night.
Credit National Weather Service/Norman Forecast Office / Facebook

The National Weather Service's Norman Forecast Office warns that the heavy rain and flash flooding threat will increase late Tuesday into Wednesday, especially over northwestern and central Oklahoma.

Rainfall rates may exceed one inch per hour for several hours, even with little to no thunder.

A flash flood watch is effective after 10 p.m. Tuesday for northern and central Oklahoma. Until then an area of mostly light rain will affect parts of northwest and central and southern Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:32 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Auditing The Storm: HUD Funds Trickle Slowly Into Oklahoma Disaster Areas

Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

In the year since a series of severe storms devastated Central Oklahoma, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded nearly $146 million to the city of Moore and the state to help with recovery. But so far, only a fraction of that has been spent, and spending the money has turned out to be harder than you’d think. 

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