It’s just a matter of time before Edmond experiences the next tornado warning.
They can form anytime of year. In February 2009, a tornado formed near Northwest 178th Street and tracked through Oak Tree, reaching EF2 strength (estimated top winds of 111-135 mph) before dissipating a half mile northeast of Waterloo and Broadway. It blew down trees and damaged structures.
And they can occur day or night.
Steven Root, president and CEO of Edmond’s WeatherBank, said conditions will likely be present for an elevated tornado risk during the coming months. Root said exactly where they occur — in central Oklahoma, east of the state or west of the state — is not known.
When severe weather does strike, you now have a new option for tracking it.
Red Cross regional spokesman Ken Garcia said the organization has launched its official “Tornado App,” putting lifesaving information right in the hands of people who live in, visit or have loved ones in tornado-prone areas.
Garcia said the free app — available in English or Spanish — gives iPhone, iPad and Android smart phone and tablet users instant access to local and real-time information, so they know what to do before, during and after a tornado.
The app includes a high-pitched siren and “tornado warning!” alert that signals people when a NOAA tornado warning has been issued in their area – even if the app is closed, Garcia said. An “all clear!” alert lets users know when a tornado warning has expired or has been canceled, he said.
Regional Red Cross CEO Janienne Bella said tornadoes can occur during the overnight hours when people are sleeping.
“The audible alerts in this app can save lives — even if users can’t monitor the weather because they are away from radio, TV or in places where weather band radios may not work,” Bella said.
Features of the app include: Location-based NOAA tornado, severe thunderstorm and flood watch and warning alerts; enhanced weather maps; one-touch “I’m safe” messaging that allows users to broadcast reassurance to family and friends that they are out of harm’s way; simple steps and checklists people can use to create an emergency plan and share it with household members; and preloaded content that gives users instant access to critical action steps, even without mobile connectivity.
It’s the latest in a series of apps created by the Red Cross, which responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year and helps people respond to emergencies by providing these free apps.
Mobile activity soared due to Superstorm Sandy, according to the Red Cross. More than 400,000 people downloaded the Red Cross Hurricane App; nearly 6 million NOAA weather alerts were sent.
The Red Cross needs the public’s help to continue its work. You can make a donation to the Red Cross by visiting redcross.org, texting REDCROSS to 90999 or calling 1-800-REDCROSS.
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It’s just a matter of time before Edmond experiences the next tornado warning.
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Cold impacts Edmond businesses, city services
Roger Seaton is operating manager of Edmond Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing, 3104 South Kelly Ave., owned by the Seaton family since 1970.
On Tuesday, for the first time in days, the temperature in the Edmond area rose above 32 degrees. At 2:53 p.m. Tuesday, the temperature was 41 degrees at the Guthrie-Edmond Regional Airport, surpassing the predicted high of 34, according to the National Weather Service.
Seaton’s business offers plumbing services including water line work and repairs to faucets in the kitchen and bathroom. When it comes to plumbing calls, pipes that burst are a priority, Seaton said. It takes a while for pipes to freeze, he said, and residents began calling by Friday. Calls during the cold spell were both about frozen pipes and pipes that had burst.
If you have no water coming out of a faucet, shut off the water upstream and open cabinet doors to get warmer air circulating around pipes, Seaton said.
School back in session Wednesday
Parents are heaving a sign of relief while some students aren’t going to be quite as happy.
“All classes and activities will resume Wednesday in Edmond Public Schools,” said Susan Parks-Schlepp, director of public information and community involvement. “Slick spots remain and buses may be running a bit late but secondary roads are in much better shape after significant thawing.”
As reported earlier, students will not be making up the four snow days taken off from school this past week.
Kelly widening project progressing
Work progresses smoothly for the Kelly widening project, City Manager Larry Stevens said before the City Council this week. Road work began in July about 1,000 feet north of Covell and continues north to a point 350 feet south of Coffee Creek.
Duit Construction/TTK Construction is in charge of constructing a four-lane divided roadway with left turn lanes at all public streets along the project on Kelly going from Covell to Coffee Creek.
Picking out the perfect tree can be a joy for whole family
The Griswolds understood the significance of picking out the family Christmas tree, as do many Oklahomans about this time of year. Visiting one of Oklahoma’s “choose-and-cut” tree farms is a good way to jumpstart the holiday spirit.
Council denies mosque expansion
Inadequate parking for a growing mosque led the City Council to deny a site plan request for an addition to be added to the existing structure. The vote was 4-0 with Councilwoman Elizabeth Waner abstaining.
Prayer is given in the existing 680-square-foot building at 525 N. University Drive. The 8,307-square-foot addition is needed for fellowship and recreation, said attorney Randel Shadid, representing the Islamic Society of Edmond.
“I did attend a dinner for the mosque about three weeks ago. There were 100 people who attended that to welcome home the people who go on the pilgrimage to Mecca,” Shadid said. “That’s one of their larger functions.”
City alerts public to repeat utility scam
City administrators and public safety officials are jointly warning residents of a scam that has surfaced once again in our area.
Edmond Police Department spokeswoman Jenny Monroe said a few months ago OG&E warned customers of a phone scam in which a customer is called by a person falsely representing themselves as an OG&E employee.
Monroe said the caller says if the customer doesn’t make a payment on their delinquent account in the next 45 minutes to an hour their utility services will be suspended. Monroe said the caller requests credit card information or that they purchase a money card and provide that account information.
Memorial Booster Club postpones Taste of Memorial
Because school has been canceled for today, the Taste of Memorial has been rescheduled for 4:30-7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, 2014. Taste of Memorial has food from more than 30 local restaurants such as Alvarado’s, Flatire Burgers, Fish City, Boulevard Steakhouse, Garbanzo, Chicken Express, The Meat House, Panera and Earl’s to name just a few. A silent auction will be held with more than 140 auction items from local and regional merchants. The tickets are $10 from a Memorial athlete or $15 at the door. The money raised goes to Edmond Memorial Booster Club to help support Edmond Memorial athletics.
Multicounty grand jury reconvenes
Oklahoma’s multicounty grand jury reconvenes Tuesday in Oklahoma City.
Grand jurors will meet Tuesday through Thursday at the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, 313 N.E. 21st St. Hearings are not open to the public.
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Holiday shipping dates inch closer
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