Threat of storms prompts call for readiness

Now is a good time to go over safety plans for severe weather, whether tornadoes develop in the next few days or not, a National Weather Service meteorologist said Thursday.
by Bryan Painter Published: April 13, 2012

“On a one-day event like this, you're better off just postponing,” Turek said.

The annual Redbud Classic is also scheduled over the weekend. The event includes cycling Saturday morning and running races Sunday afternoon.

Redbud public relations coordinator Suzanne Chew said participants should expect races to go off as planned.

“We are going to move forward ... unless the weather is so severe that we feel like the elements are a danger to our participants,” Chew said.

In that case, she said, participants should check the Redbud website — www.redbud.org — for details.

Chew said organizers are hopeful they can finish Saturday morning's cycling events before inclement weather can move in.

Planning's important

Smith said one of the most important things residents can do is stay informed about what's expected. Outlooks and forecasts will change several times between now and when the storms happen.

“Don't get too hung up on words like outbreak, moderate risk, etc.,” he said.

“(National Weather Service) meteorologists are on duty 24 hours a day and will be providing the most up-to-date and detailed information possible. There's still quite a bit of uncertainty about what's going to happen, so this is not a time to panic, but a time to prepare.”

Smith said it's important to have multiple ways to receive ongoing weather information, in case power goes out or in case residents are at an event and not at work or at home.

“Now is the time to think ahead and make your plans,” Smith said. “Taking a few minutes to do that now can make a huge difference if you need to make those critical decisions later.”


by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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