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Warnings came in varied forms for Lone Grove

by Bryan Painter Modified: February 17, 2009 at 4:38 pm •  Published: February 15, 2009
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LONE GROVE — Wes Pack, a student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, was at a restaurant Tuesday night in Oklahoma City with his girlfriend Ashley Johnson.

She looked at a television and noticed Carter County had a tornado warning. Pack saw the path was aimed at his parent’s home in Majestic Hills, northeast of Lone Grove just outside Ardmore. He called his mother, Susan Pack, who alerted her husband, Rick.

They rushed to their shelter and were joined there by six neighbors.

An EF-4 tornado, with winds estimated by the National Weather Service at 180 mph to 185 mph, destroyed their two-story home and other homes in Majestic Hills.

"He saved our lives,” Rick Pack said of his son’s phone call.

The first National Weather Service severe thunderstorm warning including Carter County, which mentioned the possibility of tornadoes, was issued 62 minutes before the deadly tornado hit Lone Grove, according to the weather service.

The first tornado warning including Carter County was issued 40 minutes before the strike.

Survivors in southern Oklahoma told National Weather Service meteorologists of various ways they received warnings.

Weather radio
Larry Emerson, who lives three miles west of Lone Grove, and his wife, Melanie, were watching TV weather coverage until the power went out.
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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TIMELINE AT A GLANCE
National Weather Service’s warning timeline for Carter County on Feb. 10:

A severe thunderstorm warning including Carter County — which includes Lone Grove and Ardmore — was issued at 6:28 p.m.

A tornado warning including Carter County was issued at 6:50 p.m. and continued at 7:15 p.m. The tornado hit Lone Grove about 7:30 p.m., according to the National Weather Service.

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