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May 12, 2010 / Dave Gorham

Oklahoma Tornado Outbreak on Monday, May 10th

Tornadoes ripped through the state of Oklahoma on Monday and so far have been responsible for killing at least five people and injuring at least 50 more. Storm survey teams have been out assessing the damage and the NWS in Norman said it will take some time to go through all the data and reports. The total number of tornadoes at this point is unknown and it will take a complete survey for them to determine this.

Storm Reports from May 10, 2010. Image: Storm Prediction Center

Severe threat (red) for Monday, May 10. The greatest chance for severe thunderstorms was for parts of Kansas and Oklahoma with large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes possible. Image: ImpactWeather

The emergency management department said that the storm destroyed at least 40 homes and damaged 108. More than 65,000 homes and businesses were without power throughout the state. According to Oklahoma Gas and Electric, nearly 15,000 homes were without power in Norman alone.

Preliminary tornado tracks for Monday, May 10. Image: NWS Norman, OK

According to the NWS in Norman, the possible tornado damage paths are spread over a north-south area of over 200 miles from near the Kansas-Oklahoma border to near the Red River. Very large hail was reported in several locations, up to the size of softballs (4.25”).

Tornadoes are no rare occurrence in Oklahoma as it’s located in the heart of Tornado Alley. However, you’re never fully prepared for the devastation they often bring.  Here at ImpactWeather, our main focus is the safety of our clients and the accuracy and timely manner in which we prepare and deliver our forecasts/alerts.  Yesterday, we received tremendous feedback from clients about the detailed and timely alerts we issued that helped them prepare in advance as much as possible for the tremendous onslaught.  Unfortunately, the threat for similar weather continues today.


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