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Old 03-27-2017, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Jenks, Ok
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I know tornados seem really scary, but they are also really rare. TV news just makes them seem common and everywhere. It drives ratings. Over the last 60 years Oklahoma has averaged 54 tornadoes a year. But most of those by far do little to no damage. And Oklahoma is big, almost 70,000 square miles, most of it empty. Even the huge tornadoes like the one in 2013 in Moore did only impacted about 10 square miles of damage.

Less than five people on average in Oklahoma are killed each year by a tornado. Out of four million people. Those are really low odds. Infinitesimal odds of being killed.

Did you get a flu shot this year? So far the flu has killed 68 people this year in Oklahoma, and flu season isn't over. That's more than ten years of tornadoes. Taking a flu shot lowers your risk of death far more then leaving Oklahoma due to tornadoes.

Do you drive? Last year 669 people were killed in Oklahoma car accidents. Let's not even get into smoking, drinking, drugs or heart disease.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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True, but you never know if the next tornado barreling through you area is going to turn your life upside down. So every tornado warning comes with stress and worry until it expires. At least for me.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:23 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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True, but you never know if the next tornado barreling through you area is going to turn your life upside down. So every tornado warning comes with stress and worry until it expires. At least for me.
Exactly. There are things which are both bad and predictable. You fail to eat a good diet, and get no exercise, then don't be surprised if your health suffers. And so on. You know that when it rains the basement floods, but let it since you don't use the basement. When the house has to be treated for mold you shouldn't be surprised.

That's the thing about tornados and earthquakes. They happen. Sometimes they are small and incedental. Sometimes they are big and matter. But there is no alert on you phone when it buzzes that says warning expect a major earthquake in five minutes. There might be for a tornado, but it still might only give you the chance to dive for shelter.

I sometimes wonder how people dealt with the storms back when they didn't have alerts on the phone, or the tv or even the raido, when like Dorothy and Toto, you saw the storm when it was close enough to see and ran for shelter. One of the difficult elements of issuing an earthquake alert (when we can) would be it would likely be more like the movies about that scenerio where people panic and run, but the roads are too crowded for them to get far. Especially if it turns out not to be, but really was just delayed and more are caught in a bad place trying to get home.
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Old 03-29-2017, 01:57 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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I know tornados seem really scary, but they are also really rare. TV news just makes them seem common and everywhere. It drives ratings. Over the last 60 years Oklahoma has averaged 54 tornadoes a year. But most of those by far do little to no damage. And Oklahoma is big, almost 70,000 square miles, most of it empty. Even the huge tornadoes like the one in 2013 in Moore did only impacted about 10 square miles of damage.

Less than five people on average in Oklahoma are killed each year by a tornado. Out of four million people. Those are really low odds. Infinitesimal odds of being killed.

Did you get a flu shot this year? So far the flu has killed 68 people this year in Oklahoma, and flu season isn't over. That's more than ten years of tornadoes. Taking a flu shot lowers your risk of death far more then leaving Oklahoma due to tornadoes.

Do you drive? Last year 669 people were killed in Oklahoma car accidents. Let's not even get into smoking, drinking, drugs or heart disease.
Getting in a car is more dangerous than a tornado. It's especially dangerous in Oklahoma with all the bad roads and bad drivers.

Disclaimer: Watch out for all the ladies putting on their make-up and talking/texting on their phone all the while holding their steering wheels with their knees.
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Old Yesterday, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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Getting in a car is more dangerous than a tornado. It's especially dangerous in Oklahoma with all the bad roads and bad drivers.

Disclaimer: Watch out for all the ladies putting on their make-up and talking/texting on their phone all the while holding their steering wheels with their knees.
This is a problem everywhere. And its not just women putting on their makeup in the rearview, but men fiddling with things too. Or playing music so loud you can't hear other cars or sirens. Since we're used to cars and they are our second homes, we don't see past the windows. At least until the accident when you were combing your hair when the car stopped in front of you.

Ah yes, and texting.... Maybe if you have a self driving car.

Oklahoma is one of the areas where all this is multiplied considerably by the condition of roads and bridges. The bridge can collapse even if your paying attention, or run you off the road. EXTRA vigilence is what is called for and some public demand to FIX them. The politicans are going to have to bite the bullet and find a way to raise the money needed to do so.
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Old Today, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, NV
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I moved out of Oklahoma about six months before the 1999 storm. It leveled the apartment complex that I lived in in Del City. The more recent Moore tornado wiped out the entire neighborhood that I lived in there.


If anyone is interested, I can give you a list of my former addresses so that you won't live there.
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Old Today, 04:12 PM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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I moved out of Oklahoma about six months before the 1999 storm. It leveled the apartment complex that I lived in in Del City. The more recent Moore tornado wiped out the entire neighborhood that I lived in there.


If anyone is interested, I can give you a list of my former addresses so that you won't live there.
If I ever move there I'll contact you and add your list to my brother-in-law's places, two of three gone after he moved from them. (Moore and El Reno)

He lives in South OKC now...
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