severe weather http://kgou.org en Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season http://kgou.org/post/six-ways-prepare-oklahoma-s-tornado-season <p><a name="top"></a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There’s little doubt </span>Oklahomans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be more sensitive and more concerned than usual as the spring storm season approaches after the devastating events of May 2013. Dozens of people died as three violent tornadoes tore across </span>Pottawatomie<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Canadian and Cleveland counties within a two-week span.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Since September, </span>KGOU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> has been </span><a href="http://tornado.kgou.org/about-project" style="line-height: 1.5;">working to prepare for severe weather in 2014</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. On March 12, we hosted a panel discussion about tornado preparedness and storm safety at the Moore Public Library, just a few hundred yards from where the May 20 twister crossed Interstate 35.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We learned six things you need to know to prepare for the 2014 tornado season:</span></p><p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:15:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 26274 at http://kgou.org Six Ways To Prepare For Oklahoma’s Tornado Season Flooding Takes Oklahoma City Man's Life http://kgou.org/post/flooding-takes-oklahoma-city-mans-life <p>Severe thunderstorms moved through central Oklahoma Thursday night causing flooding and power outages across the area.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma City police say a 60-year-old man drowned while trying to rescue a relative who was stranded by floodwaters.</span></p><p>Police say the man was swept into a drainage canal and drowned early Friday in northwest Oklahoma City. Police say the relative, who was stranded in a car, escaped without injury.</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 13:08:53 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 11289 at http://kgou.org Flooding Takes Oklahoma City Man's Life Is Oklahoma’s Severe Weather Policy Grounded In Fact Or Folklore? http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-s-severe-weather-policy-grounded-fact-or-folklore <p></p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 13:48:04 +0000 Logan Layden & Joe Wertz 10752 at http://kgou.org Is Oklahoma’s Severe Weather Policy Grounded In Fact Or Folklore? FEMA Approves More Aid, Already Tops $25 Million http://kgou.org/post/fema-approves-more-aid-already-tops-25-million <p></p><p>Gov. Mary&nbsp;Fallin&nbsp;says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved public assistance for 16 counties hit by May storms that brought tornadoes and flooding to Oklahoma.</p><p>Fallin&nbsp;said FEMA approved the request on Friday that she submitted Wednesday.</p><p>The storms caused an estimated $40 million in uninsured infrastructure losses, and debris removal and response costs.</p><p>FEMA says disaster assistance for the state now tops $25 million dollars.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 12:14:08 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press 8782 at http://kgou.org FEMA Approves More Aid, Already Tops $25 Million Fallin Tours Oklahoma Community After May Storms http://kgou.org/post/fallin-tours-oklahoma-community-after-may-storms <p></p><p>Governor Mary Fallin joined Newcastle lawmakers and officials Friday to view storm damage and recovery efforts in the community following last month's storms.</p><p>Fallin took a driving tour of the community Friday afternoon. After viewing the area, the governor met with responders and local officials at the City Command Center.</p><p> Sat, 29 Jun 2013 13:22:00 +0000 Associated Press 8675 at http://kgou.org Fallin Tours Oklahoma Community After May Storms Why Oklahoma’s Priority Is Storm Shelters For Individuals, Not Safe Rooms For Schools http://kgou.org/post/why-oklahoma-s-priority-storm-shelters-individuals-not-safe-rooms-schools <p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Seven children were killed at an&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-201_162-57585970/kids-teachers-from-destroyed-okla-school-reunite/" style="color: rgb(23, 78, 130); -webkit-transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; transition: all 0.2s ease-in-out; font-weight: bold;" target="_blank" title="CBS link">elementary school in Moore</a>&nbsp;when a massive tornado tore through the area last month.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">And the disaster has led to questions about why Oklahoma used previous federal disaster money to build more than 10,000 storm shelters in homes, but only 85 in public schools.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">Getting the answer means going back to another major storm, on May 3rd, 1999, and another state.</p><p> Thu, 20 Jun 2013 18:02:49 +0000 Logan Layden 8218 at http://kgou.org Why Oklahoma’s Priority Is Storm Shelters For Individuals, Not Safe Rooms For Schools Moore Debris Removal: 56,550 Tons And Counting http://kgou.org/post/moore-debris-removal-56550-tons-and-counting <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Moore City Manager Steve Eddy says more than 56,000 tons of debris have been removed from neighborhoods in Moore as the city reaches the one-month mark since a deadly tornado carved through the&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;City suburb on May 20.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 15:48:29 +0000 Associated Press 8128 at http://kgou.org Moore Debris Removal: 56,550 Tons And Counting Oklahoma’s Building Codes Don’t Factor For Tornadoes http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-s-building-codes-don-t-factor-tornadoes <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">The “Oklahoma Standard” is a phrase that describes how this state responds in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, like the tornado that ripped through Moore on May 20.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">But that resiliency isn’t reflected in Oklahoma’s construction standards, which don’t factor for tornadoes.</p><p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 14:30:32 +0000 Joe Wertz 7763 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma’s Building Codes Don’t Factor For Tornadoes $500 Million to $5 Billion: What’s Behind The Wide Ranging Tornado Cost Estimates? http://kgou.org/post/500-million-5-billion-what-s-behind-wide-ranging-tornado-cost-estimates <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">Following a major disaster like the Moore tornado on May </span>20th<span style="color: rgb(68, 68, 68); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px;">, news reporters want answers, and they don’t want to wait.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue', Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(68, 68, 68);">How many people were killed? How many injured? How much damage did the storm cause, and how much will it cost? Answers to the first three questions may not come immediately, but within a few days, they usually can be addressed fairly accurately.</p><p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 21:02:00 +0000 Logan Layden 7346 at http://kgou.org $500 Million to $5 Billion: What’s Behind The Wide Ranging Tornado Cost Estimates? UPDATE: At Least 10 Dead When Tornado Hits Oklahoma City Area http://kgou.org/post/update-least-10-dead-when-tornado-hits-oklahoma-city-area <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 11px;">The Federal Emergency Management Agency has 600 workers assessing damage in the&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 11px;">Oklahoma</font><span style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;City area battered by tornadoes and violent storms. </span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 11px;">Gov. Mary Fallin&nbsp;says crews are searching flooded areas for missing people and the death toll could rise. </span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><span style="font-size: 11px;">Ten people are confirmed to have been killed in&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-size: 11px;">Oklahoma</font><span style="font-size: 11px;">&nbsp;as a result of Friday's storms. Five others were killed by flash flooding in Arkansas and Missouri.</span></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">More than 75 other people were hurt, five critically.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a mother and child were killed as tornadoes moved through Oklahoma City.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph says troopers found the bodies near a vehicle along Interstate 40 west of the city Friday.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"><tt>Oklahoma Department of Transportation crews are working closely with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to <a href="http://www.odot.org/newsmedia/traffax/statewide_and_holidays/road_conditions_5_31_13_10am.pdf">close interstates and highways metro-wide as necessary</a>. All travel is strongly discouraged as emergency crews continue to respond to tornado damage and flooding.</tt></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">Tens of thousands of OG&amp;E customers are without power, according to the utility's <a href="http://public.oge.com/systemwatch/SystemWatch.swf?startMapID=1">System Watch</a>.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;"> Sun, 02 Jun 2013 15:13:17 +0000 National Weather Service & Associated Press 7004 at http://kgou.org UPDATE: At Least 10 Dead When Tornado Hits Oklahoma City Area