Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Oklahoma Tornadoes

As we sat at the COE campground at Fort Supply Lake in Northwestern Oklahoma, on the weekend of 18-19 May, our weather radio gave us repeated warnings of severe thunder storms capable of producing golf ball sized hail with winds up to 60MPH.  We kept our map near the radio to determine where each storm was located and in which direction it was headed, and none were expected to hit us. We had some strong winds, and a mild thunder storm during that time, but nothing dangerous.
On Monday we left the campground and headed to Ponca City where we planned to spend the night in the Walmart parking lot.  We had some drizzle during the day but again, nothing of any consequence.
After we arrived in Ponca City, I got a call from my brother, Dave, asking if we were ok. He told us about the Moore tornado; the first we had heard of it. On Tuesday we moved on to Afton, OK where we are now staying at the Grand Country RV Park, and this park has a tornado shelter!
So we have not seen any tornadoes nor even the aftermath of a tornado.  We are safe, we are near a tornado shelter, and we are in the extreme northeast corner of Oklahoma, heading to Missouri in a few days.

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