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Oklahoma storms: Oklahoma City emergency manager advises people to shelter in place during storms

Once a tornado warning has been issued, it's too late to flee, Oklahoma City police Lt. Frank Barnes said.
by William Crum Published: June 3, 2013

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Don't try to outrun tornadoes, Oklahoma City official advises

Once a tornado warning is issued, it's too late to flee, Oklahoma City's emergency manager says.

Freeways were at a standstill Friday evening as a storm system that spawned several tornadoes and torrential downpours churned through the metro area.

“We have people who call our office and ask, ‘Should I get in my car and try to outrun the tornado?' We do not recommend that,” Oklahoma City police Lt. Frank Barnes said Sunday.

The time to find shelter and relocate is after a tornado watch is issued and before severe weather — signified by a warning — is imminent, he said.

“We tell people that they need to shelter in place,” Barnes said.

That means a below-ground shelter, aboveground safe room or an interior room “as low as you can, with as many walls between you and the outside of the house as you can get,” he said.

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by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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