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Old 08-07-2016, 05:50 PM
 
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I'd guess 99% of the land in oklahima has not been directly touched by a tornado so op the answer is most places never see one. Tornados are limited in scope and frequency and even some large ones in populated locations are survived with limited loss of life. I lived in ok for 22 yeqrs and never felt afraid of tornados despite numerous warnings and watches.there are logical steps you can take to be safer in them.
That my friend, is what we call a "skewed statistic." The reason 99% of Oklahoma's land hasn't been hit by a tornado is because tornadoes, while wide to us, are not wide at all relative to total land area, nor do they last long enough generally to cover that large of an area. If tornadoes were as wide as entire towns or counties, than such a statistic would be valid.

Tornadoes can occur anywhere in the Great Plains, the likelihood of you actually being in one is small, but they still happen. People shouldn't panic but they shouldn't downplay them either. I haven't even been in Texas for 2 years yet and there's plenty of times a tornado came by in or within a town I was living in.

I was living in Cisco when this behemoth rolled by:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6kCz-u8L2uE.

Anywhere within tornado alley has a risk. I prefer to deal with them over hurricanes though. Less likely to experience damage and cooler to witness!
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Old 08-08-2016, 01:31 PM
 
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I was in or passing through OK at least a half dozen times traveling in an RV between late Spring and early Fall and each time I was very near to a tornado. Driving through that was nightmarish. The times I was in a campground, folks went to shelters. The shelter I tried to go to wouldn't allow me in with my little dog, so I had to brave the periphery of the frightening storm.

I would love to spend time in OK, but when I go there, tornadoes come. These folks who live in OK always say no problem, but really, by me, it is a problem.
You'll never believe what I was thinking as I logged on, and saw your post. I was thinking that I was happy my niece moved to Oklahoma, but, sad that she moved to Moore!
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Old 08-11-2016, 04:08 PM
 
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You'll never believe what I was thinking as I logged on, and saw your post. I was thinking that I was happy my niece moved to Oklahoma, but, sad that she moved to Moore!
I stayed in Moore one year after the "big one" (May 99). The entire neighborhood still had damage visible. I used to take the dog out for a walk and just be amazed at the damage that tornado did.


https://www.google.com/search?q=Moor...w=1088&bih=451


Excellent video, BadgerFilms. Those videos always get to me. The sheer power of those big tornadoes is awesome.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:16 PM
 
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I stayed in Moore one year after the "big one" (May 99). The entire neighborhood still had damage visible. I used to take the dog out for a walk and just be amazed at the damage that tornado did.


https://www.google.com/search?q=Moor...w=1088&bih=451


Excellent video, BadgerFilms. Those videos always get to me. The sheer power of those big tornadoes is awesome.
I didn't see it for a long time. Months after, we were going to Ardmore, and I saw just some of it from I-35, and was shocked, and I've been around tornadoes nearly all of my life. It's amazing that we have such good meteorologists, and they save many lives probably every year, but can't tell you if it's really going to rain or not unless it's falling on their heads!
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