The Norman Transcript

Editorials

May 21, 2013

Thanks for warnings

NORMAN — We can’t say there wasn’t enough warning this time around.

For at least two days, meteorologists were forecasting storms moving into central Oklahoma on Sunday and Monday.

The storm roared through Cleveland County late Sunday, killing two persons, damaging dozens of homes and injuring several residents on the eastern edge of the county. Without the adequate warnings, there could have been significantly more deaths and injuries.

This is the second round of storms where Norman officials are encouraging residents to take the time to shelter in place, rather than try and drive to one of the designated community storm shelters.

After this year, officials said they do not plan to open the shelters as often many injuries occur as residents try and get to the shelters. Underground shelters, basements or ground-level rooms with only interior walls are recommended.

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