Tropical storm leads to commonsense reminders for Oklahomans

This Hermine is apparently a fun-hater. Tonight marks the kickoff of Oktoberfest in Choctaw. And it's county fair season in at least a dozen counties. Obviously Hermine is opposed to German beer and carnival rides statewide.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: September 8, 2010
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Tropical Storm Hermine is on her way to wash away Oklahoma with about 16 feet of rain today and tomorrow.

This is no time to panic, people. Unless you live in a sand castle on a creek bottom. Then you should definitely freak out. But then again, you might have bigger troubles than Tropical Storm Hermine.


That's Hermine. Not Hermione, the sweet, know-it-all witch from the "Harry Potter" books. If it was Hermione, it would be raining books and unsolicited advice.

I've never known anyone named Hermine, but this Hermine is apparently a fun-hater. Tonight marks the kickoff of Oktoberfest in Choctaw. And it's county fair season in at least a dozen counties.

Regardless of how much this Hermine gal hates good times, we're going to have to deal with her. A flash flood watch is in effect through Thursday morning. Here are some commonsense safety tips from various government officials who know all about staying safe:

Don't drive into water. Really. There's more than one street out there.

Don't drive around road blocks. Unless you're a fan of getting swept downstream.

Consider getting flood insurance. Or a rowboat. Or arm floaties. Or a house on a really tall hill.

Swimming in floodwater is dangerous, regardless of your ability. That means you, Michael Phelps.

Wash your hands after coming in contact with floodwater. Unless you like germs.

If water rises too quickly for you to evacuate, call 911 and get to the top floor of your home. If push comes to shove, get onto your roof.


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