Regarding “Why did so many people flee their homes Friday?” (News, June 4): As a retired Oklahoma firefighter and a lifelong Oklahoma resident, I witnessed something during last Friday night's tornado outbreak that I thought I would never see: Oklahomans in a panicked stampede fleeing in their cars from an approaching tornado. In view of what's happened in central Oklahoma since May 19, there were probably several factors that contributed to the panic phenomenon but probably none greater than the alarmist comments of Mike Morgan that were ill-advised and regrettable.
As a meteorologist, he should have known better than to advise viewers to flee in their cars after the tornado had already been sighted, especially when it is rain wrapped! Even seasoned storm chasers were caught unaware Friday night and lost their lives in the rain-wrapped tornado. Because of his calm, professional, demeanor, my family usually watches Gary England during tornado outbreaks, but we had just turned to KFOR for a brief look and witnessed firsthand Morgan's comments. We knew at that time he had crossed the line.
Morgan has been operating on the edge for a while, but especially during and since the May 19-20 tornado outbreaks. I don't agree with those who think he should be fired. Perhaps he just needs a calming vacation to ponder his broadcast style and learn from his latest tabloid meteorologist, foot-in-mouth blunder.
Viewers need calm, intelligent, reassuring words and advice during times of stress and crisis.
Jerry M. Tate, Edmond