On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Donis Casey, a mystery author and former librarian who is originally from Oklahoma and has been based in Arizona for many years. "Hell with the Lid Blown Off" -- the seventh title in Casey's popular Alafair Tucker series -- is newly available, and (as with the rest of Casey's fiction) this novel draws heavily upon her Oklahoma roots...as well as the roots of her Sooner State relatives.
WOODWARD, Okla. (AP) — Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says a sixth person has died as a result of injuries suffered in a deadly tornado.
Lehenbauer said Monday that the man died Sunday night in an Amarillo, Texas, hospital where he was taken following the early Sunday morning twister that hit Woodward. The man's name and age were not released.
Two men and three children were also killed in the tornado that was part of a storm system that stretched from Texas to Minnesota and spawned more than 120 twisters.
An experiment using attention getting terms when issuing tornado warnings in Missouri and Kansas this year could spread to other states like Oklahoma. The new warnings contain words like catastrophic and even unsurvivable to describe approaching tornadoes. Chief Meterologist Steve Piltz in the Tulsa National Weather Service Office says the concept is a good one that Oklahoma has actually been doing for several years, but they have not been using the 'shock' language included in the Missouri and Kansas experiment.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma school officials say they're prepared should tornadoes or other types of severe weather strike. What is considered to be Oklahoma's tornado season generally runs from late April through mid-June. The National Weather Service says Oklahoma has averaged about 52 tornadoes per year since record-keeping began in 1950 and had 119 confirmed tornadoes in 2011. School officials from Oklahoma City and Tulsa to Arnett in western Oklahoma say they have safe rooms for students in the event of severe weather.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say no injuries have been reported as possible tornadoes moved through southwestern Oklahoma.
Beckham County Emergency Management Director Lonnie Risenhoover says a large storm touched down south of Carter Sunday night and a twister was spotted near Retrop in the southeastern part of the county.
In Greer County, emergency management director Glynadee Edwards said a possible tornado damaged power lines near Willow, but officials hadn't received reports of injuries or additional damage.