On this edition of ST, after the tornado activity we saw here in Tulsa earlier this month, we're talking about what local small businesses can do to protect themselves from damage caused by flooding, storms, tornadoes, and other natural disasters. Our guest is Dave Hall, Chair of the Disaster Resistant Business Council, which is a part of the Disaster Resilience Network (formerly known as Tulsa Partners).

National Weather Service-Tulsa

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The Storm Prediction Center says severe thunderstorms are possible Saturday across the southern and central Plains as a cold front rolls out of the Rockies.

Humid air could extend well into the Mississippi and Missouri valleys, making the atmosphere ripe for storms. The forecasters say the greatest chance for bad weather is from eastern Oklahoma to northeastern Iowa, including parts of Kansas and Missouri, but that storms are also possible from Texas into Minnesota and Wisconsin.

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NOWATA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say four people — including an infant — have been killed as thunderstorms swept through northeast Oklahoma.

Nowata County Undersheriff Doug Sonenberg says the infant and two adults were killed Friday when heavy winds destroyed a mobile home. They were found in a creek.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol also reported that Ash Grove, Mo., resident Jimmy King was killed when straight-line winds flipped the semi he was driving onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside near Afton.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A truck driver is killed as the result of winds from severe thunderstorms in northeast Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 70-year-old Jimmy King of Ash Grove, Missouri was driving on the Will Rogers Turnpike near Afton Friday when straight-line winds flipped his semi onto a cement barrier wall and trapped him inside. Troopers say King was pinned in the wreckage for nearly three hours and died at the scene of massive injuries.

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Tulsa officials suspect lightning in house fire

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating whether a lightning strike caused a house fire in east Tulsa early Monday morning.

The fire happened at about 1:45 a.m. It wasn't clear whether anyone was inside the house at the time of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Tulsa firefighters say power lines had been ripped from the home — possibly from an explosion caused by a lightning strike.

Storms Leave Damage in Tulsa County

Jun 4, 2012
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Severe thunderstorms leave damage across parts of Tulsa County. It appears the Bixby area was the hardest hit by straight line winds.

Trees were toppled, trash cans  and lawn furniture were overturned by winds up to 65-miles per hour. A fireworks stand at 101st and South Memorial was blown into the side of the Whataburger Drive-in and a light pole was toppled.