Silas Allen
Local News General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.


  • Storm damages parts of southwest Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 29, 2016

    One mobile home was destroyed and other mobile homes had damage in Ninnekah. Six barns were damaged along Peach Street. No injuries were reported.

  • 'The West Wing' actress reprises role for real-life White House press briefing

    Silas Allen | Updated: 9 hr ago

    At the end of the seventh season of the NBC drama "The West Wing," White House press secretary C.J. Cregg leaves Washington, D.C., to run a multi-billion dollar charitable organization in California. On Friday, though, she made a brief encore appearance at the White House. Actress Allison Janney, who portrayed Cregg, stopped by the White House briefing room Friday. Janney, posing as Cregg, told reporters that real-life White House press secretary Josh Earnest was out for the day — "I believe it's a root canal," Janney said, a nod to a dental emergency Cregg experienced in the show's first season. .@AllisonBJanney AKA CJ Cregg AKA Bonnie on @MomCBS drops by

  • Outgoing Fort Sill commander to head up Army missile defense command

    Silas Allen | Updated: 10 hr ago

    LAWTON — The outgoing commanding general at Fort Sill and the Fires Center of Excellence will head up the U.S. Army's missile defense command, Fort Sill officials announced Friday. Maj. Gen. John Rossi was appointed commanding general of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Along with that appointment, Rossi has been nominated for promotion to the rank of lieutenant general. That promotion must be approved by the U.S. Senate. Rossi has been commander at Fort Sill since June 2014. Earlier this year, post officials announced Maj. Gen. Brian J. McKiernan, commanding general of the First Army Division East, had been selected to be the post's new commanding

  • Severe storms return to Oklahoma on Thursday night

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Another round of severe weather is expected to sweep through Oklahoma late Thursday night and Friday, forecasters say. The National Weather Service predicts severe storms will reach far western Oklahoma by 7 p.m. Thursday. Southern Oklahoma can expect storms after midnight, and central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area, could see thunderstorms after 3 a.m. Friday. The main threats include winds up to 80 mph and hail up to tennis ball size. The storms will also bring a low threat of tornadoes, forecasters said.

  • Possible delays for KC-46 could affect Air Force bases in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Production of the Air Force's new KC-46 midair refueling tankers has been fraught with setbacks, making the question of when it will be ready to fly less clear by the day. That's left officials at two Air Force bases in Oklahoma with little to do but watch and wait.

  • Thousands remain without power Wednesday in Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, Apr 27, 2016

    More than 7,000 homes and businesses across Oklahoma remained without power Wednesday morning, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. reported. A round of severe thunderstorms passed through Oklahoma on Tuesday night, dropping large hail on some areas and sparking suspected tornadoes in others. The storms knocked out power to more than 20,000 homes and businesses Tuesday night, the utility reported. By noon Wednesday, 7,369 customers remained without power. OG&E officials are encouraging residents to report outages. Please try to call in your outage. We appreciate your patience if the line is busy.

  • Thousands without power Tuesday night in Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    More than 22,000 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday night after a series of powerful storms passed through the state, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. reported. The utility reported 16,030 outages in Oklahoma City shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Statewide, 22,477 homes and businesses were without power, the utility reported. OG&E officials are encouraging residents to report outages. Strong storms are moving into the OKC Metro. If you have a power outage, please call it in: 272-9595.

  • Oklahoma City officials revamp tornado siren policy

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    The Oklahoma City Council adopted a tornado siren policy Tuesday that could lead to residents hearing fewer sirens next storm season. Sirens will no longer be sounded citywide during severe weather. The new policy divides the city's more than 620 square miles into nine sectors, and sirens will only be activated in sectors covered by the tornado warning.

  • Strong storms, possible tornadoes expected by late afternoon

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Powerful thunderstorms with large hail and possible tornadoes are expected to rumble into the Oklahoma City metro area by late Tuesday afternoon, forecasters predict. Vivek Mahale, a forecaster at the National Weather Service's Norman office, said storms are expected to sweep into Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon from north Texas. Storms will be most likely in central Oklahoma between 4-9 p.m., and will continue to move east overnight, Mahale said. Those storms are expected to bring large, potentially damaging hail up to baseball size, wind gusts up to 80 mph and chances for tornadoes. Best chances for tornadoes will be in central, north-central and south-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Ponca City, Enid, Stillwater,

  • Be weather aware Tuesday, Oklahoma forecasters say

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    Storms are expected to bring hail up to softball size, winds up to 80 mph and a medium chance for tornadoes, forecasters said. The highest chance for tornadoes is in central and eastern Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Enid, Ardmore, Durant and Ponca City, forecasters said.

  • Tornadoes possible Tuesday in Oklahoma, forecasters say

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    A round of severe storms passing through Oklahoma on Tuesday is expected to bring large hail and a chance of tornadoes, forecasters say. Severe storms are possible across central and western Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon, evening and night, according to the National Weather Service's Norman office. The risk for severe storms is highest in central and north-central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City, Stillwater, Enid and Ponca City. Storms are expected to bring hail up to softball size, winds up to 80 mph and a medium chance for tornadoes, forecasters said. The highest chance for tornadoes is near and east of Interstate 35, forecasters said. Severe storms are expected to reach central Oklahoma between 4-7 p.m. Tuesday.

  • Climate scientists report record warmth for 11th straight month

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Tuesday. That marks the 11th consecutive month of record-high temperatures the planet has seen, scientists said. Global temperature records date back to 1880. That trend was driven by record warmth across the Indian Ocean, the southern Pacific Ocean and much of eastern and central Africa, scientists said. The continental United States experienced its fourth-warmest March since records began in 1895. The mark is the latest in a series of temperature records to fall over the past decade. In January, scientists announced 2015 had broken the previous year's record for warmest year by a

  • Heavy rains wipe away drought, but bring floods in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    A storm system passed through the state over the weekend, dumping several inches of rain on parts of the state and wiping away most of the drought that was strengthening across northwestern Oklahoma.

  • Cleveland County nonprofit joins national count of homeless youth

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sun, Apr 17, 2016

    A national policy research center is partnering with Oklahoma organizations like Bridges in Cleveland County to find a better way of finding homeless students and connecting them with services designed to help them get off the street.

  • Record number of candidates file for office in Oklahoma

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Sat, Apr 16, 2016

    Over the three-day filing period, 417 candidates submitted paperwork to run for office at the Oklahoma state Capitol — more than any other presidential election year in recent history.

  • Oklahoma researchers develop system to predict flash floods

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Apr 14, 2016

    Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman are working on a system called Flooded Locations and Simulated Hydrographs, or FLASH, to forecast when locally heavy rains can lead to deadly flash floods.

  • Oklahoma forestry officials report Woodward County fire 90 percent under control

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    A blaze dubbed the 350 Complex fire was 90 percent under control Tuesday in northwest Oklahoma's Woodward County after burning 89 square miles, destroying one home and damaging nine others.

  • Independent voters didn't pick Oklahoma's Democratic primary winner, analysis shows

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Apr 9, 2016

    Not enough Independent voters turned out in Oklahoma's primary election to swing its results from one candidate to the other, an analysis shows. Instead, Sen. Bernie Sanders' victory appears to have been handed to him by the state's registered Democrats.

  • Oklahoma wildfire brought under control as rain looms in the forecast

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    The fire in Oklahoma's Woodward and Harper counties, which forestry officials have dubbed the 350 Complex, has scorched nearly 90 square miles and caused an estimated $1 million in private property damage, emergency management officials said Friday.

  • Firefighters surround Oklahoma blaze in Woodward County as high fire danger continues

    By Silas Allen Staff Writer sallen@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Apr 8, 2016

    A wildfire that has been burning two days and has blackened 57,000 acres in northwest Oklahoma's Woodward County is officially 20 percent contained. But since winds have died down, firefighters feel they have the blaze contained.




Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 05:10:39 PM CST Inflow notch! #okwx
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:58:20 PM CST RT @ounwcm: Here it comes!! National Weather Center at 457pm https://t.co/CiZttzE88P
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 04:54:52 PM CST RT @vmahale: Tornadic circulation has weakened. Strong winds, large hail, and heavy rain will be the threats in Norman from the approaching
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Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 03:24:45 PM CST RT @NWSNorman: TORNADO WARNING Caddo, Comanche! https://t.co/jWbC8X32Yg
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 03:22:25 PM CST .@CarlyFiorina We are just acquaintances. https://t.co/oANlcgMbWj
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 02:52:39 PM CST RT @WhitfordBradley: I love you AJ!!!!!C.J. Cregg briefs the White House press corps - POLITICO https://t.co/nsklologcc
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 02:48:51 PM CST Say what you want about Middle America, but this is a problem we will never have. https://t.co/5y5QmLuUok
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 02:43:34 PM CST 'The West Wing' actress reprises role for real-life White House press briefing https://t.co/Nt2cpv8u3M
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 01:41:28 PM CST RT @AllisonBJanney: Back at the podium @WhiteHouse !! #WHChamps #CJrulesagain https://t.co/Zi4c98USCy
Silas Allen Fri, Apr. 29 2016 12:55:42 PM CST RT @NWSSevereTstorm: ⚠️ Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Ponca City OK, Blackwell OK, Tonkawa OK until 1:45 PM CDT https://t.co/D2CCB5…
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Silas Allen Thu, Apr. 28 2016 04:45:09 PM CST Severe storms return to Oklahoma on Thursday night https://t.co/JUxieyfaK9
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