The Norman Transcript

Headlines

February 6, 2014

Freezing temperatures, wind chill expected throughout weekend for Norman residents

NORMAN — Norman residents will likely wake up to another inch or two of snow this morning. Temperatures are expected to reach no higher than 16 degrees today.

Wind chill in the morning could be as low as 9 degrees below zero, warming to zero around noon, according to Michael Scotten, National Weather Service Senior forecaster.

“When it’s very cold outside with very low wind chills, it’s important to prevent hypothermia by dressing warmly, wearing a heavy coat, hat and gloves,” Scotten said.

Temperatures will remain cold through the weekend, Scotten said, with another chance of snow on Friday. Highs in the 30s are expected for Saturday and Sunday, with lows in the teens.

Those extreme cold temperatures are particularly tough on Norman’s homeless population.

“Last night was crippling,” Food and Shelter Executive Director April Doshier said Wednesday. “We used every inch of our building to squeeze in as many people in as possible, and, unfortunately, it’s just not enough space to get everyone off the street.”

Doshier said between 90 and 100 people live on Norman streets. Food and Shelter can only provide shelter for about 40 people — leaving as many as 40 or 50 people who might not have shelter.

“The only alternative we have is to give people as much winter weather gear as possible to try to keep the wind off of their skin,” Doshier said. “We’ve been operating pretty much 24 hours a day during the winter so people can get in from the cold, at least for a few hours.”

Doshier said warm drinks and coffee are needed at the local shelter, as is warm weather gear.

“We could definitely use good, thick blankets and sleeping bags to help people who can’t get into a shelter,” she said. “I just really know and believe in my heart that Norman is better than this, so that next winter we’re not saying, ‘We’re sorry, you didn’t get here in time and now we don’t have bed space for you.’”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Headlines
  • Fracking Operation Norman library to host community dialogue about fracking

    Are Oklahoma oil companies an oligarchy that is controlling state policy? Is fracking safe? These and other topics will be the subject of an upcoming Fracking Forum from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 11 in the Norman Public Library’s Lowry Room, 225 ...

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Information scarce on ‘dark money’ group in Oklahoma superintendent campaign

    An independent expenditure group that paid for television advertisements opposing State Superintendent Janet Barresi in last month’s primary has not filed required spending reports with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission....

    July 24, 2014

  • Medical examiner says inmate died of an accidental drug overdose

    The Oklahoma Medical Examiner’s Office on Wednesday said a woman found dead in the Cleveland County jail Feb. 23 died of a drug overdose....

    July 24, 2014

  • Ride CART fare free on Ozone Alert Day

    Environmental officials have declared today as an Ozone Alert Day. Passengers ride fare free on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit on Ozone Alert Days....

    July 24, 2014

  • Board votes to delay plan

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s State Board of Education voted on Wednesday for a second time to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal from three education groups that ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Arizona inmate dies two hours after execution begins

    PHOENIX — A condemned Arizona inmate gasped and snorted for more than an hour and a half during his execution Wednesday before he died in an episode sure to add to the scrutiny surrounding the death penalty in the U.S....

    July 24, 2014

  • Man injured in motorcycle wreck ID’d

    Norman police identified a man transported to Norman Regional Hospital’s emergency room after a two-vehicle collision involving a motorcycle and a car Wednesday....

    July 24, 2014

  • Wine, Organ and Compline at St. Thomas More

    St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson St., is hosting the Wine, Organ and Compline at 7 p.m. today. The series will begin with a wine and cheese gathering in the atrium, followed by an organ recital presented by guest organist ...

    July 24, 2014

  • 48 dead after Taiwan plane crash

    TAIPEI, Taiwan — Family members of victims of a plane crash were flying to the small Taiwanese island today where the plane had unsuccessfully attempted to land in stormy weather, killing 48. There were 10 survivors, and authorities were ...

    July 24, 2014

  • Felonies filed

    The following persons were charged with felony counts in the Cleveland County Court Clerk’s Office: · Kenneth Leo Turk, 64, aggravated count of driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol · Kelly Revonn Turner, 21, ...

    July 24, 2014