Oklahoma tornadoes News

Fraud Following Catastrophes an Unwelcome Trend, Oklahoma’s Doak Says

In testimony on Capitol Hill in early August, Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak told federal lawmakers that fraud across all lines of insurance costs the industry an estimated $80 million to $100 million annually. Testifying on insurance fraud issues at …

Safety Concerns Keep Tulsa Business Owners Out of Tornado-Damaged Building

A Tulsa, Okla., building that suffered millions of dollars in damage when it was struck by a tornado recently is being assessed to determine whether it may collapse. The 20-story Remington Tower was damaged during a storm on Aug. 6. …

Emergency Price Stabilization Act in Effect in Four Oklahoma Counties

An Emergency Price Stabilization Act is in place in Mayes, Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner counties after a state of emergency was declared following the recent tornado outbreak in those counties, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced. The price gouging statute …

Disaster Declaration OK’d for 16 Oklahoma Counties

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says a federal disaster declaration has been approved for 16 counties affected by storms and tornadoes in mid-May. Fallin said Wednesday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved declaration for Alfalfa, Beckham, Cherokee, Coal, Cotton, …

Residents Assess Damage After Night of Tornadoes in Central U.S.

Residents of an Oklahoma subdivision and a Wisconsin trailer park that were leveled by deadly tornadoes sifted through what remained of their homes and possessions Wednesday, even as forecasters warned of another round of powerful storms on the horizon. The …

Tornadoes Destroy Homes in Western Kansas, Damage Assessment Begins

Crews were evaluating the damage Wednesday after tornadoes destroyed several homes and left two people critically injured in western Kansas as a series of severe storms swept across the Plains. Meanwhile, one person drowned in central Oklahoma after a vehicle …

Severe Storms Move East Leaving 7 Hurt, Damage in Oklahoma

At least seven people were injured and authorities were evaluating the damage in northeastern Oklahoma after severe storms spawned multiple tornado touchdowns Wednesday night, authorities said. National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski said a tornado touched down and lifted up …

FORTIFIED Home–High Wind, Hail Programs Launched at National Tornado Summit

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) launched its new FORTIFIED Home–High Wind and Hail programs at the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma. The programs are designed to help homeowners build safer, stronger new homes, and retrofit or …

Oklahoma’s Low Tornado Count Result of Cold Weather, Experts Say

Oklahoma’s extremely cold winter last year and earlier this year likely kept the number of tornadoes this past spring at the state’s lowest levels since 1988, weather experts say. Only 13 tornadoes hit the state through June, which is the …

Judge Orders Farmers Insurance to Pay Oklahoma Plaintiffs $15M

An Oklahoma judge has ordered Farmers Insurance and a subsidiary to pay a total of $15 million to three plaintiffs who filed claims for damage to their homes caused by a deadly tornado that struck Woodward in 2012. The plaintiffs …