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Tornado sirens sound in Oklahoma City amid warnings of 'life-threatening' storms
msnbc.com, Updated at 9:38 a.m. ET: OKLAHOMA CITY ^ | 4/14/12 | By The Associated Press and msnbc.com staff

Posted on 04/14/2012 9:13:46 AM PDT by carriage_hill

At least three possible tornadoes hit central Oklahoma early Saturday in a prelude to what forecasters warned could be a day of "life-threatening" storms in the nation's midsection. No injuries were immediately reported.

Department of Emergency Management official Michelann Ooten said the possible tornadoes were reported west and north of Oklahoma City. One was spotted near Piedmont, a small town where a twister last May killed several people.

The National Weather Service was working to confirm the reports.

Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Brown told The Associated Press the storms were fairly weak but still damaged some homes. A tornado that touched down Friday afternoon sent 10 people to the hospital with "bumps and bruises" and ripped through southwest Normal, ripping up telephone poles, shredding trees and ripping off rooftops, according to the Oklahoman.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; US: Oklahoma
KEYWORDS: midwest; tornadoes; warnings
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Batten down the hatches! Here they come. It's going to be a long day, with the worst hitting between 3-5pm, radio reports are saying. Take precautions, FReepers-in-the-areas!
1 posted on 04/14/2012 9:13:49 AM PDT by carriage_hill
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To: carriage_hill

Prayers for the safety of all in harms way.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 9:16:41 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: carriage_hill
Prayers up for OKC...


3 posted on 04/14/2012 9:16:48 AM PDT by LomanBill (Animals! The DemocRats blew up the windmill with an Acorn!)
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To: carriage_hill

Graciously hear us, O Lord, when we call upon You,
and grant unto our supplications a calm atmosphere,
that we, who are justly afflicted for our sins,
may, by Your protecting mercy, experience pardon.
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.


4 posted on 04/14/2012 9:18:33 AM PDT by caldera599
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To: carriage_hill

Prayers!


5 posted on 04/14/2012 9:22:47 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: carriage_hill

Good luck ya’ll

sunny and 80 in middle tn


6 posted on 04/14/2012 9:27:00 AM PDT by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: Biggirl; MEG33; LomanBill; caldera599

Yes, please pray for all in the way of this coming *hell-on-earth* weather. A Cat 3-4-5 twister is a very scary thing! Been there, many times more than I care to remember.

I hope I’m wrong, but it looks like this day is going to get really ugly for more than just some.


7 posted on 04/14/2012 9:30:07 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: carriage_hill

Prayers for the people and animals in the areas that are of emergency concern.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 9:31:51 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: carriage_hill

Bad thisafternoon, worse through the evening and overnight. Keep the NOAA radio handy, and good luck Kansas!


9 posted on 04/14/2012 9:32:50 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valour)
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To: carriage_hill

Very scary predictions for many indeed..May all find shelter in the storms.


10 posted on 04/14/2012 9:33:27 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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bump!


11 posted on 04/14/2012 9:38:05 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: carriage_hill

Prayers up for the people.


12 posted on 04/14/2012 9:38:34 AM PDT by kitkat (Obama, rope and chains)
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To: carriage_hill

This weather system is still here in so Cal. We have had sleet, RAIN, snow in the local mountains and Cold!!! I have to go to the office today and will be bundled up. Prayers to all and keep safe.


13 posted on 04/14/2012 9:38:52 AM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Waiting for the new tagline to download)
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To: TonyInOhio

In KC now - quiet before the storm. Charging up the laptop in the basement just in case. I’m in the “moderate chance” part of Kansas so hopefully we’ll just have some much needed rain.


14 posted on 04/14/2012 9:42:48 AM PDT by peggybac
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To: MEG33

Our Family Farm has a 20’x40’ custom-version of this one, which Dad & I built years ago, and works just fine for many emergencies and TSHTF scenarios. We’ll all be going down there later, after the livestock is safe and secured.

http://www.atlassurvivalshelters.com/aboutus/nbc/shipping/

Scoll down to bottom and imagine a h-u-g-e version of this I-beam unit. Click on bomb shelter link to see other types from that co.

(No, I don’t have any vested interest in that co, except it’s saved lives, on many occasions.)


15 posted on 04/14/2012 9:46:20 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: carriage_hill
My old stompin' grounds. Hope all fair well. BTW, MSNBC I believe that yesterday's tornado was in Norman, not Normal. Not sure there even is a Normal in Oklahoma.
16 posted on 04/14/2012 9:48:40 AM PDT by DKM
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To: carriage_hill
Severe Outlook 4/14/12

The purple "High Risk" level is rarely seen.

17 posted on 04/14/2012 9:48:40 AM PDT by fwdude
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To: carriage_hill

And whoever now owns H.A.R.P. can increase the power and steer these storms wherever they please.


18 posted on 04/14/2012 9:49:10 AM PDT by Paperdoll (On the cutting edge)
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To: carriage_hill

That’s some serious shelter!


19 posted on 04/14/2012 9:56:14 AM PDT by MEG33 (O Lord, Guide Our Nation)
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To: fwdude

That area’s going to leave a terrible “mark”, wherever it moves from/to.


20 posted on 04/14/2012 9:57:44 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: DKM

Nope, nothing Normal about Oklahoma.

We got hit here in Norman yesterday. Tore up my wife’s business area. Weatherbunnies are already at Defcon 3 and the real fun’s not supposed to start until about 4:00 CST. Yesterday was a preamble.

Yikes


21 posted on 04/14/2012 10:01:10 AM PDT by Stand W (Crush your enemies! See them driven before you! Hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: carriage_hill

Wow, my wife’s last apartment before we got married wasn’t that nice. (Also, it wasn’t that big!)

That’s some smart thinking to use shipping containers like that. Their rationale about the corner strength of the things makes perfect sense.

}:-)4


22 posted on 04/14/2012 10:03:58 AM PDT by Moose4 ("Oderint dum metuant" -- "Let them hate, as long as they fear." (Lucius Accius, c. 130 BC))
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To: carriage_hill

We have very good friends that live in Edmond. Talked with them last night and they are paying close attention to the weather.

Prayers for all...


23 posted on 04/14/2012 10:05:14 AM PDT by azishot
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To: carriage_hill

I’m keeping an eye on the activity with this map.
http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/full_loop.php


24 posted on 04/14/2012 10:05:23 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: carriage_hill

Your shelter looks like paradise compared to the one in Noble, OK that I had to run across the street and climb down into.......with 2 babies and a small satchel that contained food, water, and dry clothes for the kids. This satchel was kept by the front door so I could grab it on the way out....

Those were scary times, but I was much younger then. Today, it would just be me and the better half (for the last 50 yrs), and I have no idea where we would hide if a tornado headed our way..........


25 posted on 04/14/2012 10:08:19 AM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Jack Hydrazine

That’s the exact one we use here, JH.


26 posted on 04/14/2012 10:10:28 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: carriage_hill

Channel 9 KWTV OKC
http://www.news9.com/

Channel 5 KOCO OKC
http://www.koco.com/index.html

Channel 4 KFOR OKC
http://kfor.com/
Live Stream: http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Wunderground Looping Radar for OKC
http://www.wunderground.com/radar/radblast.asp?ID=TLX&lat=35.45946121&lon=-97.39727783&label=Oklahoma+City%2C+OK&type=N0R&zoommode=pan&map.x=400&map.y=240&centerx=400&centery=240&prevzoom=zoom&num=10&delay=15&scale=1&showlabels=1&smooth=0&noclutter=0&showstorms=0&rainsnow=0&lightning=0


27 posted on 04/14/2012 10:10:39 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: carriage_hill

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HASTINGS HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
WESTERN JEWELL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...
NORTHWESTERN MITCHELL COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...
NORTHEASTERN OSBORNE COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...
SOUTHEASTERN SMITH COUNTY IN NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS...

* UNTIL 1245 PM CDT

First Tornado Warning of the day is up:

* AT 1204 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS
STORM WAS LOCATED 5 MILES SOUTH OF OSBORNE...OR 30 MILES WEST OF
BELOIT...AND MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH.

* LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE...
DOWNS...CAWKER CITY...IONIA...ESBON...BURR OAK AND MANKATO.


28 posted on 04/14/2012 10:16:17 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: MEG33

Not to minimize the danger of bad storms today, but keep in mind the weather service in February I think changed their policies, and now make tornado warnings deliberately more scary and shrill.

So really, it’s hard to know whether it’s really as bad as it sounds, or if the weather service is just shouting louder than they did before last month.


29 posted on 04/14/2012 10:19:47 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Hi Mom!)
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To: basil

“...I have no idea where we would hide if a tornado headed our way...”

The deepest underground part of your house, b. If you don’t have a basement, like folks in Florida, find one and make “arrangements” to share it. When the sky gets green/black/orange and it’s “very still outside”, *unleashed-hell’s* right around the corner and you’re in its way! It’s almost too late by then.


30 posted on 04/14/2012 10:22:43 AM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: carriage_hill

Sitting in Omaha for my daughters dance recital. Watch just issued. Wish I was back in Colorado where it is just snowing this weekend!


31 posted on 04/14/2012 10:26:55 AM PDT by Mom MD (The country needs Obamacare like Nancy Pelosi needs a Halloween mask)
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To: carriage_hill

Prayers for all!


32 posted on 04/14/2012 10:27:58 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

Repeating though, not trying to minimize anything.


33 posted on 04/14/2012 10:29:16 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Hi Mom!)
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To: carriage_hill

The tornado hit Norman, not “Normal.” We live just south of Norman and were not affected. However, for today’s round of “life-threatening” storms I have cleaned out the storm shelter and prepared a bug out bag. I will also take my Mossberg 500 in case we are hit and the looters pay us a visit.


34 posted on 04/14/2012 10:30:24 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network

I read this morning that they were not practicing that policy with this storm. They’re serious about this one.

Prayers up for all of our FRiends in these areas.


35 posted on 04/14/2012 10:41:51 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: TonyInOhio

Just two days ago, watched a program about Greensburg, Kansas...............and two summers ago, drove right through - really wish we’d stopped to nose around.


36 posted on 04/14/2012 10:43:38 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: txmissy

Holy cow.

Bad news. Prayers for everyone there.

Please be careful, all.


37 posted on 04/14/2012 10:45:48 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Hi Mom!)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
I go with Dr. Forbes of the Weather Channel....his "Torcon" index for Wichita is 9 -- which equates to a 90% chance of tornadoes within 50 miles.

I don't think these warnings are hype.

38 posted on 04/14/2012 10:48:39 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: ErnBatavia

Ironically I learned about the change in warnings, from the Weather Channel.

Last week.

TWC probably should stress (clearly) today, if the warnings have not yet been upgraded.


39 posted on 04/14/2012 10:55:48 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Hi Mom!)
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To: fwdude

That’s a big “high risk” area. Lots of real estate involved in that one.


40 posted on 04/14/2012 11:18:36 AM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: ErnBatavia

Im about 10 miles southwest of Omaha. They just said
TorCon of 8 for the big O pn the Weather Channel. The pucker factor is pretty high today.


41 posted on 04/14/2012 12:00:44 PM PDT by Big Red Clay (Greetings from the Big Red State)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Thanks for the map link. best I have seen. I was having a hard time finding one. Thanks!


42 posted on 04/14/2012 12:42:57 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: SVTCobra03

We live just west of you and I have my Walthers sitting ready right next to my bugout bag.


43 posted on 04/14/2012 12:52:14 PM PDT by ops33 (Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Retired))
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To: carriage_hill

Praying God’s hedge of protection on all


44 posted on 04/14/2012 1:15:58 PM PDT by blueyon (The U. S. Constitution - read it and weep)
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To: Big Red Clay
Being a south Kalifornia boy, those situations spook me....the last two summers we've been in central Minnesota when the sirens went off; quite a feeling of helplessness, especially if you're on the top floor of a Super 8 with nowhere to go.

Good luck - we've been flipping back and forth with TWC all day, since we've driven often through all those areas.

45 posted on 04/14/2012 1:24:51 PM PDT by ErnBatavia (A conservative, a liberal and a moderate walked into a bar; barkeep said "Hi Mitt")
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To: carriage_hill

Fellow FReepers, please pray for my daughter Sarah and her family. They live in Omaha Nebraska and are expecting some F3-F4 tornadoes tonight.


46 posted on 04/14/2012 1:27:53 PM PDT by thethirddegree
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To: blueyon; RIghtwardHo; SVTCobra03; Mom MD; tcrlaf; Jack Hydrazine; azishot; Moose4; MEG33; ...

Just getting back inside from securing things. Looks like the worst is going north of us, but we’ll definitely be getting some t-storms in a hour or so.


47 posted on 04/14/2012 1:37:31 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: thethirddegree

Prayers offered.


48 posted on 04/14/2012 1:40:50 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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To: thethirddegree
Fellow FReepers, please pray for my daughter Sarah and her family. They live in Omaha Nebraska and are expecting some F3-F4 tornadoes tonight.

Just got a call from a friend that is driving through Omaha right now. I suggested he pull off the interstate and find a place to sit it out but he said he is just going to drive through it.

Tell your family to stay in the basement. They will be fine.

Have you gotten any updates.

49 posted on 04/14/2012 1:42:01 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: carriage_hill

“Cat 3-4-5 twister...”

Make that F3-F4-F5 Twister; Cat is Hurricane class.


50 posted on 04/14/2012 1:43:24 PM PDT by carriage_hill (I'd vote for a "orange juice can", before 0bummer&HisRegimeFromHell, gets another 4yrs. Can-> later.)
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