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At Least Eight Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma, Including One Monster, Killing Multiple People

At Least Eight Tornadoes Hit Oklahoma, Including One Monster, Killing Multiple People

The hail around the state was as big as softballs and baseballs.

It’s spring in Oklahoma. That means one thing: severe storms.

On Wednesday, Oklahomans stayed glued to the TV as local stations provided live coverage of the storms scattered across the state. We all knew something would happen since technology has allowed meteorologists to predict possible severe storms a week in advance.

I could geek out over how the storms developed, what caused them, and the secret ingredient to spawn these supercells, but I won’t. That could be a whole post! But I have to show you the radar. Weather geeks: You must have RadarScope on your phone and desktop.

Fujiwhara (named after the scientist who discovered the phenomenon) is when two hurricanes, usually typhoons in the Pacific, dance when they get close to each other. The interaction, usually between a small and large typhoon, can lead to the larger one absorbing the smaller one.

My area had three hailstorms. I expect insurance agents and roof companies to be out and about today.

But overall, Oklahoma saw eight tornadoes in total on Wednesday. The monster that went through Cole and Shawnee killed two people.

If you’re a weather geek like me, you must follow Reed Timmer. He takes you into the action…literally.

Reed caught the tornado’s formation in Cole, a small town with only 624 people, about 30 minutes south of OKC:

A storm tore through the small town of Cole on Wednesday, causing two deaths and significant damage.

“Based on the damage reports that we’re getting back, as significant as it is, there could be more injuries or deaths that we don’t know about at this time,” said Gibbons.

Deputy Gibbons said the next of kin has been notified for both fatalities. As of 1:20 a.m. Thursday, it’s not clear how old the victims were.

As for the damage, KFOR talked with the owners of the Scissortail Silos wedding venue, which is now destroyed.

The owner said she had to call a bride who was supposed to get married there on Saturday and let her know her dress was destroyed.

The county’s sheriff’s department confirmed a third death.

The storm went to Pink and turned north to Shawnee, a city with almost 30,000 people. The tornado damaged Oklahoma Baptist University:

University President Heath Thomas called this the worst disaster in the university’s history.

Buildings were significantly damaged, but Thomas said they can be rebuilt and they are happy no one on campus was injured. University officials are assessing the damage, saying it was bad.

Shawnee Hall and the Raley Chapel were severely damaged. The chapel is history and had a shelter in it where students went into Wednesday night.


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One of the proposals for the North Carolina quarter design was a trailer park with tornadoes approaching.

Storm shelters should be mandatory

In Wisconsin we all had basements and farms had that and storm cellars

I know about rock, I’m on rock, solid, but in tornado country, it just has to be mandatory

    Mary Chastain in reply to gonzotx. | April 20, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    We cannot have basements due to the soil. I wish we had basements. Storm shelters cost a lot of money, unfortunately. But believe it or not, the vast majority of us have shelters. Luckily our meteorologists have amazing technology that can warn us about potential severe weather and tornadoes so we can take precautions beforehand.

      NotCoach in reply to Mary Chastain. | April 20, 2023 at 1:27 pm

      Basements are really a function of temperature. Colder the climate, the deeper the foundation. I’ve never seen a home in Michigan without a basement.

        markm in reply to NotCoach. | April 20, 2023 at 1:36 pm

        In most of Michigan, you have to bury the foundation 5 feet deep or frost heaves will destroy it. If you dug a 5 foot hole to put in the foundation, it doesn’t make much sense to fill that hole back in before building the house over it.

      nordic prince in reply to Mary Chastain. | April 20, 2023 at 2:43 pm

      Fiberglass in- ground ones appear to run around $5 – $7K, installation included. Not exactly pocket change, but a lot cheaper than a basement and more comfortable than a drainage ditch.

      gonzotx in reply to Mary Chastain. | April 20, 2023 at 3:26 pm

      If we can send a manned rocket to the moon, almost 60 years ago, we should be able to figure out basements in OK

      Musk, we are looking at you!

Terribly terribly sad

75% of all tornadoes in the world happen in the United States. We win everything!

E Howard Hunt | April 20, 2023 at 1:51 pm

Are minorities disproportionately affected? That is the question. If so, it’s time for more mayhem and looting.

    gonzotx in reply to E Howard Hunt. | April 20, 2023 at 3:28 pm

    I act think tornado alley runs from Texas through the Midwest to Wisconsin

    A lot of white, middle class, poor farmers and such

2smartforlibs | April 20, 2023 at 2:15 pm

Just last week a liberal rag said tornado ally has moved to push the liberal religion of climate change. Seems to be right where it would be expected.

smalltownoklahoman | April 20, 2023 at 3:53 pm

Had a lot of wind and a teeny bit of rain in my part of the state but thankfully no tornados or baseball sized hail. I know Stitt declared an emergency for the affected counties, hopefully that will bring in a lot of help for those harmed by the storm.

A collegue lives down there. He said it was a record 12 tornados in OK city yesterday.