Oklahoma News

Multiple Twisters Hit South Central States, Cause Minor Damage

Tornadoes that hit the South Central states of Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas over the past weekend caused minimal damage but with them Oklahoma saw the end of its eight-month twister-less streak. Surveys by National Weather Service teams  determined that damaging …

Oklahoma Congressman’s Weather Forecasting Bill Passed by U.S. House

The U.S. House of Representatives in early April passed a bill sponsored by an Oklahoma congressman that would enable development of technology for improving weather forecasting and predicting. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma’s 1st District said HR 2413, the Weather …

Oklahoma on a Tornado-Less Streak: 8 Months Without One

Oklahoma hasn’t had a tornado or a tornado warning for more than eight months, though it is doubtful Oklahoma will be able to match its longest streak ever without a twister. Things have been unusually quiet through the first three …

4.3 Magnitude Quake Latest in a String to Rock Oklahoma

Oklahoma, which has had 133 quakes of magnitude 2.5 or greater in the last 30 days, was rocked on April 7 by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in the central part of the state, according to the Oklahoma Geological Survey. The …

Oklahoma Bills Would Limit Liability of Shelters During Storms

A pair of Oklahoma legislators says businesses, schools and churches that open their doors to passers-by during violent weather should be spared liability if their temporary guests are hurt or killed. A bill by Rep. Larry Glenn, R-Miami, would exempt …

Weather Service: Flash Flood Warning System in Oklahoma Lacking

A new report assessing last May’s tornadoes in Oklahoma says the National Weather Service needs to develop a protocol for when there are multiple severe weather events. The recommendation stems from the combination tornado and flash flooding that occurred on …

Tornado-Devastated Oklahoma Town Adopts New Residential Building Codes

City leaders in Moore, Okla., have approved new residential building codes requiring new homes to be built to withstand winds of up to 135 mph, making it the first U.S. city to adopt construction rules aimed at preventing catastrophic tornado …

Former Oklahoma Police Officer Sentenced in Auto Insurance Scam

A former police officer has been sentenced to serve 10 days of weekend imprisonment and three years of supervised probation in an auto insurance fraud case, according to Sanford C. Coats, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma. Clinton …

One Driving Safety Bill Moves Forward in Oklahoma, Another Pushed Back

The full Oklahoma Senate approved legislation barring cell phone use in Oklahoma school zones, but a bill that would ban texting while driving suffered a setback as it was sent back to committee. The positive vote on Senate Bill 1601, …

Weather Service in Oklahoma Runs Social Media ‘Tornado Drill’

Melody Holeman has no TV and lives in such a rural part of the Oklahoma Panhandle that she can’t even pick up a signal on the weather radio that the Red Cross gave her. When powerful storms barrel through the …