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June 11, 2014

Relief from the tornadoes

NORMAN — The blare of Norman’s tornado sirens at noon Saturday came under a mostly cloudy sky. It reminded us that we are at the end of tornado season. The state has only seen seven tornadoes.

No one’s complaining that this has been an especially slow tornado season. If it holds through Sunday, this year will have the lowest number of tornadoes since records were kept in the 1950s.

It comes a year after storms in our county killed 24 people and caused more than $2 billion in damage on May 19 and May 20. So far this year, one person died in a tornado-related accident. A Kansas man died when a concrete wall fell on his vehicle in Quapaw.

In a peak season, Oklahomans will see 46 tornadoes during the peak season. For the entire year, the state will average 54 twisters. If all things remain calm through year end, we will set a record for the least number of twisters, which was 17 in 1988.

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