Safety Tips in Oklahoma

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    Watch for animals !

    by Florida999 Written Jul 24, 2010

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    If you get off the interstate and drive on any rural roads, watch for farm animals! Sometimes they are kept in by cattle guards only and not fences.

    We also saw antelopes on the side of the road, and deer, in the middle of the day.

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  • Tulsa Roads, Beware.

    by Angelinneveah Written Jan 28, 2010

    As much as I love the city of Tulsa, I do not however love the state of their roads. They are very rough and uneven. Beware of potholes also. They seem to be doing some work on the highways, but they city street are equally bad if not worse. Please be cautious for the sake of your vehicles.

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    TORNADO

    by jedd43 Updated Apr 4, 2004

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    Oklahoma is known for it's TORNADOS,
    but I have lived here all my life and never
    actually seen one. I have seen the devastation afterwards, but never actually
    seen any except on the news.

    We have many shelters here to go underground when the storm trackers
    spot the TORNADOS.
    Most people here wait until the last minute!

    View the May 9 tornado radar image on the website.

    photos courtesy of corbisimages .

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    Tornado Alley

    by mrclay2000 Written May 18, 2003

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    As a member of both the Midwest and the Great Plains states, Oklahoma sees its share of tornadoes between April and September. Some of the worst storms in recent memory have hit Oklahoma City. Many who never lived here or never visited recall the tornado that ripped through here in the spring of 1999, now familiarly called the "May 3" tornado. The damage depicted below is from the May 9, 2003 tornado to Bethany, Oklahoma (within Oklahoma City), the second consecutive tornado to touch down within the city limits.

    church in Bethany damaged by tornado

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    be extremely wary of Law...

    by Masque1 Written Aug 26, 2002

    be extremely wary of Law Enforcement Officials as they aren't the least bit lenient with traffic violations. Come to think of it, they aren't lenient with anybody about anything. Respect their authorit-ie! Moral: never trust anyone with a handlebar mustache and mirrored shades!

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    Oklahoma is a part of tornado...

    by Trina2383 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Oklahoma is a part of tornado alley. They have more then 6 tornadoes a year. Tornadoes are more likely to hit in earily spring, but a large storm can often create one anytime of the year.
    The picture below is the aftermath of a F5 that ripped through Oklahoma in May of 1999.

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    The only warning is to keep an...

    by supercat74 Written Aug 26, 2002

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    The only warning is to keep an eye on the weather if you are visiting during spring and summer months. Severe weather is common during these times but should not keep you from visiting.

    If severe weather does arise turn on a radio or television for advisories:

    A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in your area. Remain alert for approaching storms. This is time to remind family members where the safest places within your home are located, and listen to the radio or television for further developments.

    Learn these tornado danger signs:

    An approaching cloud of debris can mark the location of a tornado even if a funnel is not visible.
    Before a tornado hits, the wind may die down and the air may become very still.
    Tornadoes generally occur near the trailing edge of a thunderstorm. It is not uncommon to see clear, sunlit skies behind a tornado.

    A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted or indicated by weather radar.

    What to do if a tornado warning is issued:

    Go at once to a windowless, interior room; storm cellar; basement; or lowest level of the building.
    If there is no basement, go to an inner hallway or a smaller inner room without windows, such as a bathroom or closet.
    Get away from the windows.
    Go to the center of the room. Stay away from corners because they tend to attract debris.
    Get under a piece of sturdy furniture such as a workbench or heavy table or desk and hold on to it.
    Use arms to protect head and neck.
    If in a mobile home, get out and find shelter elsewhere.

    If in a car:

    Never try to outdrive a tornado in a car or truck. Tornadoes can change direction quickly and can lift up a car or truck and toss it through the air.
    Get out of the car immediately and take shelter in a nearby building.
    If there is no time to get indoors, get out of the car and lie in a ditch or low-lying area away from the vehicle. Be aware of the potential for flooding.

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    Heat, hail, black ice,...

    by daddi-o Written Aug 26, 2002

    Heat, hail, black ice, scorpions, rattle snakes and an occasional tornado watch/warning. I have yet to see any of the rattle snakes but I've heard stories and warnings for them in the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Preserve. For the heat, just dress appropriatly and drink plenty of water. The hail and black ice are seasonal along with the tornado warnings.

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    People are horrible drivers in...

    by donovanel Written Aug 25, 2002

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    People are horrible drivers in Tulsa, possibly all of Oklahoma as well. If you are walking or biking, just assume that the car has the right of way--because they think they do. I was actually hit by a car while riding my bike!! The guy was at a stop sign, and pulled out smack into me--I was directly in front of him!! Thank goodness I wasn't hurt--more mad than anything--I doubt the guy had heard that much profanity in a long time!

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    from march to november watch...

    by biggscotty Written Aug 25, 2002

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    from march to november watch out for rattlesnakes! they are a little bitter about something and i havent quite figured out why yet. Wanoka oklahoma has a rattlesnake hunt each year and a festival, if you are not deathly afraid of sankes and you want to see some interesting stuff,,check it out!

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  • There are venomous snakes,...

    by traviscagle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are venomous snakes, stinging insects including scorpions, thunderstorms which bring lightning, floods, high winds and tornadoes. Did I mention hail? Many residents are xenophobic, and black travelers need to stick to main roads unless brave. Also cropping up are clouds of dusts and grasshoppers. Consider any smaller town a speed trap.

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    Prairie Fires

    by Rich62 Written May 8, 2009

    The accompanying photos show the results of a prairie fire. These fires were in the spring of 2009. They were taken along interstate 35, which runs north-south through the middle of the state.

    BLACKENED PRAIRIE AFTER THE 2009 FIRES
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    oklahoma is famoous for...

    by biggscotty Written Aug 25, 2002

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    oklahoma is famoous for Tornadoes, hell, they made a movie about it! (TWISTER) from march to september pay close attention and when weather moves in DO WHAT THE NEWSCASTER TELLS YOU TO!!!

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