Oklahoma Tornados Kill Eight; Radio Reacts
February 11, 2009 at 8:24 AM (PT)
Emergency teams planned to resume searching early WEDNESDAY for survivors of a rare FEBRUARY tornado in SOUTHERN OKLAHOMA, with at least eight deaths and dozens of injuries confirmed from the estimated half-mile-wide twister, reports MSNBC. Severe weather also caused damage and power outages in OKLAHOMA CITY and WESTERN TEXAS.
LONE GROVE, a town of 5,000 about 100 miles south of OKLAHOMA CITY, appeared to have been the hardest-hit by what the National Weather Service described as a large and violent tornado.
CITADEL/OKLAHOMA CITY OM CHRIS BAKER told ALL ACCESS, "Our stations -- KATT, KISS, Sports Animal, BOB-FM and La Indomable -- went wall-to-wall coverage with our ABC television partner who had a helicopter in the air storm chasing. LAST BASTION'S stations WILD and ESPN DEPORTES also choice went wall-to-wall coverage. We remained in full tornado coverage until the storms had passed the metro, which lasted for about two hours.
"After the storms passed, our FIRST TRAFFIC network, reported on damage through out the metro, and of street closures dued to down power lines, or debris in roadway causing them to close. Also updated parents on how to get thier kids, some of the schools bus were already running to bring the kids home, went then returned to school for tornado precautions.
"Our studios were close to where a tornado touched down (about one mile down NW Expressway at Rockwell). Area apartment damage, as well TARGET, CHUCKIE CHEESE and a storage units lost their roofs. We could see the blue sparks from the power lines snapping as we looked out from our 6th floor windows, but couldn't see the tornado because it was wrapped in rain. We knew something was going on at the time, just didn't what was hit. OAK TREE had homes damaged on the 18th hole, and NW OKC and EDMOND has some reported home damage as well. Everyone at work survived with no damage at their homes, although one tornado passed CISCO's house by a 1/4 mile."