Skip to comments.Tornadoes strike central Plains ( Video )
Posted on 05/10/2010 6:44:08 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
CNN) -- A severe weather system spawned multiple tornadoes in the central Plains region Monday evening, including a massive twister recorded on video over Norman, Oklahoma, that caused severe damage and some injuries.
Another tornado snaked through the sky above Yukon, Oklahoma, west of Oklahoma City, and residents in nearby states were being advised to seek cover as the storm system moved through the area.
A third tornado was confirmed on the ground southwest of Wichita, Kansas, according to CNN meteorologist Chad Myers.
Other twisters were reported in Medford and Shawnee in Oklahoma, according to Albert Ashwood, director of the state emergency management agency.
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Wow...lot different than our weather here in So.Cal!
Thanks for the info!
We endure the occasional tornado, but never worry about earthquakes.
She is terrified of these storms!
She amazed how we are just so used to them!
I have trouble handled that...but they don't happen often.
Moved there in Spring of 1967, with soon to be deployed Husband. California Native and those storms scared me to death also. Mrs. easternsky
There’s been at least one long-track tornado today; it’s the cell that has tracked from south of Oklahoma City to the Arkansas state line, a distance of at least 150 miles. Not sure if it is one tornado, or a family or tornadoes. But to give you some idea of how rare these long-track storms are, the tornado that hit Yazoo City, MS two weeks ago was the second-longest in U.S. history, trailing on the Great Tri-State Tornado of 1925 (that one had a continuous ground track of more than 200 miles).
Two tornadoes with tracks of more than 150 miles (in less than two weeks) is unprecedented.
These systems are affecting a wide area. Here in Iowa today the weather has been unusual. East wind all day, which doesn’t happen very often. Gusty, cold, and rainy.
I left KS back when I was young for CA. Everybody said we were crazy to move to the land of the earthquakes, but I seem to remember tornados in KS every year. Folks used put us kids in the family car and drive over to neaby towns that were devastated. Saw my fair share too, but our home was never hit.
You get used to what you have to deal with over time- you learn to notice how the wind is or is not blowing- you notice when it is deathly still and know the potential when the birds are quiet. You notice an oppressive feel to the air, and the sky that is a yellow green- you notice anvil clouds.
And you certainly notice a roiling black sky.
I may well regret this thought, but a tornado hits and runs. A hurricane settles in and stays awhile.
I certainly would not put someone down for being afraid of the weather- but like anything else, you are aware. And you deal with it.
Every place has its something.
Those things, (earthquakes), freak me out!
I lived in Manhattan, Ks. for awhile. I’m from the east coast and I enjoyed the storms of the plains. You haven’t seen a real thunderstorm until you experience a good old midwest thunderstorm.
Prayers for those injured.
I quess it is what you grow up with, are get used to. Were in Foothills now so just get a twinge of the shaking. The way that Thunder rolls in those States just sends chills up my spine just thinking about it. We have Thunder and Lightning but nothing like that. I will Pray for her, away from Home and in different surroundings can be really scarry. Mrs. easternsky
I really do enjoy sitting outside with the dogs and watch the T-storms march across the sky.
Thanks for your prayers for her! I try to calm her down.
Oklahoma Department of Emergency management spokesman Jerry Lojka said one person was killed in Oklahoma City and three were killed in Tecumseh, which is about 45 miles southeast.
And so that forced us to tell 'the Gypsy Queen story' to satisfy his curiousity. (I first heard it when I started working at this location, moving down from the Detroit area in 1999). It seems that many years ago a nearby town kicked out a Gypsy clan over the usual troubles associated with them. Our town welcomed them and let them set up their camp. Things apparently went well, and so when the matriarch of the gypsy clan was on her deathbed, she pronounced a blessing over the town from all natural disasters.
Just a story, but we do live in tornado country and have been spared all such disasters ever since then. I've seen tornadoes traveling nearby but none have ever hit the town itself. Hmm.... I wonder if I can tell my Allstate agent about this and get a rebate on my homeowners' policy... ;-)
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