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Old 01-21-2016, 06:46 AM
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Thank you, fiberpills.
This is a good point about older houses being less likely to have storm shelters.
I think there were F4s in 2003 and 2010 that moved from Moore through the area I am considering (western part of Midwest City and Choctaw). See:
Tornado History Project: F4 in Oklahoma
I am not aware of any direct tornado hits for an F3/F4/F5 in Mustang or Yukon, though I understand that the 2013 tornadoes resulted in Mustang being evacuated.
This is my current dilemma -- a) move to Mustang with considerably less risk of tornadoes and plenty of storm shelters (but a good bit further from Tinker and not wooded hills); or b) move to western part of Midwest City or Choctaw with higher risk of tornadoes and very few storm shelters. If no storm shelters are available in b), it appears that a) will be our option left since a storm shelter is a 'must have' for us.
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Old 01-21-2016, 12:23 PM
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For renting initially, Mustang to Tinker isn't a bad commute if it means you'll have your requirement for a storm shelter. Depending on where you live in Mustang, getting to Tinker would be simply taking I240 from West to East, and I can tell you that traffic is never bad on 240.

The only downside of this plan is that you aren't renting in the area where you plan on settling down. While not a major issue, it means you'll have to drive across the city (talking 15 minutes here) to see how the Choctaw/MWC area will be.
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Old 01-21-2016, 03:35 PM
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Fiberpills - a bit OT but maybe useful.

Above ground shelters take up a lot of space. Depending on local code you need a building permit. There may be issues with an existing foundation (nothing like drilling into a tension cable), as they are anchored they are considered part of the house and moving them requires contractual agree,Ents between buyer and seller, not to mention that getting it on a flatbed and moved is not inexpensive.
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Old 01-22-2016, 06:06 AM
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ALL: Thank you sincerely for your replies.
From what I have read it is 30 minutes from Mustang to Tinker without traffic -- see: Google Maps. I have read though that traffic moves more smoothly going east and west than north and south (particularly on I-35) in OKC, which is a key reason why I am not as inclined to Moore and Norman, in addition to risk from tornadoes.
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