Ever since the Thunder arrived, those who live in Oklahoma have put out the welcome mat.
On Tuesday afternoon, that welcome mat got blown away. Tornado season arrived 10 days into February, which makes you wonder how scary things might get once the 2009 tornado regular season arrives. Thunder personnel escaped their first tornadic experience without harm. All are present and accounted for, thank goodness. Storms flew over and around their homes — luckily not through their homes — in various affluent neighborhoods, including Rose Creek and Oak Tree. If the Thunder personnel didn’t know it before, they will quickly learn tornadoes do not discriminate. Tuesday’s storms took out trailer parks and million-dollar mansions. Thunder folk also will quickly learn no state in the union handles a crisis better than Oklahoma. It has been this way since statehood. It was that way during the Dust Bowl. It was that way after the bombing in 1995. It was that way after the monster tornado in 1999. It was that way this week. It will be that way in the future. For outsiders who are new to tornadoes, there are two golden rules: 1. Heed all warnings and seek shelter. 2. When the storm passes, help each other pick up the pieces. Follow these two basic requirements and you’ll fit in just fine. Thunder players were not in town when the storms hit Tuesday. They had enough problems.