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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ey went to their shelter and took their weather radio.

"We sat there and listened to the guy,” Emerson told Mike Foster, meteorologist for the National Weather Service on Wednesday.

"You were listening to this guy,” Foster said, nodding toward warning coordination meteorologist Rick Smith.

Foster and Smith were working from the Norman forecast office Tuesday.

Wednesday, Emerson looked at Smith and said, "I wouldn’t be here without it. You know I check your guys’ stuff once a day. Now it’ll be twice a day.”

Cell phone
Mike Graham lives on the south side of Lone Grove. He left his mobile home and went to check on his parents at their nearby house.

Graham did this after receiving a cell phone warning from a television meteorologist, which caused him to pay attention to severe weather coverage.

Graham and his parents gathered in a central hallway at the house.

The tornado hit and destroyed the house, but the family survived.


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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