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Old 03-19-2017, 09:29 AM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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So we all know Oklahoma gets a lot of tornadoes. In fact OK is one of the most tornado prone states. And unfortunately it also gets many of the worst kinds of twisters, the violent EF4 and EF5s. Just think 2013 Moore or 1999 Bridge Creek. It's hard to take shelter from one of those with no storm shelter. If you're in the bathtub when it hits an EF4 will cause the entire house to collapse onto you. An EF5 will take the whole house, the bathtub, and you along with it like this. Oklahoma has had 15 violent tornadoes (EF4 or EF5) strike the state since 1999. That's almost 1 a year. And if you don't know what one of those beasts look like just take a look at one of these videos.

2013 Moore, OK EF5

2011 El Reno, OK EF5

1999 Bridge Creek, OK EF5

Talk about scary!

So are you prepared? What are you going to do when that mile wide monster EF4 or EF5 comes barreling towards you? And tornado season is almost upon us now.
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Old 03-19-2017, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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I dunno. Just be glad we aren't on the San Andreas fault?
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Old 03-19-2017, 04:38 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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A lot of Oklahomans have installed storm cellars in their backyards or put in safe rooms since the 1999 and 2013 tornadoes. The more than usual number of deaths from the unusually widespread severe destruction was very alarming. I responded by having a safe room built in my new house in 2004.

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Old 03-19-2017, 08:05 PM
 
Location: United States of Jerry Falwell
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I dunno. Just be glad we aren't on the San Andreas fault?
I would feel safer on the San Andreas fault than in Oklahoma. Yes, there will likely one day be a "big one" that devastates Los Angeles, but that is like a few times per century kind of event out there. It would be the same as in hurricane zone on the east coast. Yes, they happen, but not the kind of frequency that the monster tornadoes hit OKC.

OKC getting hit with an EF4 or EF5 happens a few times per decade. It really is scary to live here.

To be fair though, prior to the 1999 Bridge Creek-Moore tornado, it had been a long time since the metro saw a tornado anywhere close to that devastating. Central Oklahoma has simply had a bad stretch, especially since 2010. Not sure if it's climate change or part of a normal pattern. Oklahoma weather tends to have various patterns that stick around for years at a time, whether that's wet or dry summers or active or quiet severe seasons. That aspect of Oklahoma weather is part of what caused the dust bowl. The 1920s saw consistently wet summers and then when things turned dry in the 1930s, nobody was prepared.

I am hoping that severe season shifts back to a quieter pattern in the near future.
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Old 03-19-2017, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma
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After that record breaking 5.8 earthquake by Pawnee, which scared me half to death, I don't feel safe living close to a fault line. If earthquakes in Oklahoma get even stronger and more often, then to me, at least, they will be scarier than a tornado. At least with a tornado you get a warning nearly every time. Stillwater hasn't been hit by a tornado since 1990, so they're not real common, but there has been a number of close calls since then. This is an outstanding example of one of those close calls:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQYAxkUZdzk
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Old 03-20-2017, 08:10 AM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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It really is scary to live here.
Speak for yourself son, I'm like Doyle Hargraves. I ain't scared of sch!t.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pT-jKQ9dtsU
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Old 03-20-2017, 09:15 AM
 
Location: SW OK (AZ Native)
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...So are you prepared? What are you going to do when that mile wide monster EF4 or EF5 comes barreling towards you? And tornado season is almost upon us now.
What most other Okies do... get on the roof and watch it comin'. (Of course, nowdays it's get out the smartphone so you can post it on social media.)
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:36 PM
 
Location: California → Tennessee → Ohio
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Of course, nowdays it's get out the smartphone so you can post it on social media.
Like this? lol


https://youtube.com/watch?v=yV_lbJWMUy0
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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After that record breaking 5.8 earthquake by Pawnee, which scared me half to death, I don't feel safe living close to a fault line. If earthquakes in Oklahoma get even stronger and more often, then to me, at least, they will be scarier than a tornado. At least with a tornado you get a warning nearly every time. Stillwater hasn't been hit by a tornado since 1990, so they're not real common, but there has been a number of close calls since then. This is an outstanding example of one of those close calls:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQYAxkUZdzk
As they are unfamiliar, even after eight years, tornados scare me badly. But I sit and watch the tv reports, and the maps of movement on the computer. There is nothing in my house which works as a shelter, maybe one closet, but its got an outside wall next to it. I love spring here, but then I am so very glad when it goes.

The quakes out in California, except for Northridge which sounded and felt like you were sitting on the fault even several counties away, were scary but expected. The Inland Empire area also has local faults and they shook more than the rest. But the ones here, I look at my house and cross my fingers. My cousin lived practically on the fault line with Northridge, and they had to leave it as is after the main quake until it could be determined if it was structually solid. My cousin sat in the driveway in his truck and hunting rifle until they were able to enter and retrieve personal objects. But when they sold it ten years later, were still paying off repairs. I can only see my house in pieces and nowhere to go.

I figure that the tornados can at least be tracked. That quake that happened early morning, and I couldn't get out of bed the room was shaking so bad is the worse I've ever felt. My door still doesn't close even now.

What makes me really mad is that tornados are courtesy of Mother Nature and Her whims. Earthquakes can be, but the ones shaking our state are the doing of oil companies who only see dollar signs, and are trying to undue the few rules imposed. The only way they should be allowed to frak is if they carry a very big bond which will pay for complete repair or replacement from any quake they cause, from a broken window to a house which must be rebuilt. Then we talk about damages.

I've actually thought about finding a way to move, though where I don't know. I don't really want to move back to socal heat and smog. And the big one. (not to mention how everything there cost triple what it does here).

Maybe Utah if my son stays. But he keeps telling me of shoveling six feet of snow so he can get the car out of the garage.... hmmmmmm
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Old 03-21-2017, 01:21 AM
 
Location: Cushing OK
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A lot of Oklahomans have installed storm cellars in their backyards or put in safe rooms since the 1999 and 2013 tornadoes. The more than usual number of deaths from the unusually widespread severe destruction was very alarming. I responded by having a safe room built in my new house in 2004.
If someone was placing saferooms in houses where the residents couldn't afford them, I'd apply. But it seems to be something you lose out on if your income isn't high enough. I wonder how many people would participate and feel much safer in their homes.

I don't get the people who like to see if they can see it coming.
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