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Tornado Strikes Tulsa

Tornado Strikes Tulsa, Causing Dozens of Injuries and Damage

An uncommon August tornado struck Tulsa early Sunday, damaging buildings, toppling utility poles and injuring around 30 people, authorities said.

No deaths were reported when the tornado struck at around 1:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) The National Weather Service said it confirmed damage from an EF-2 tornado in the central part of the city.

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Eight people were hospitalized after a TGI Fridays restaurant collapsed, trapping people inside.

“It completely collapsed right on top of everybody so it’s, it’s lucky that people came out with their lives,” restaurant manager Zane McCollough said.

More than 14,000 people in the Tulsa area lost power at one point due to the tornado and severe storms, utility provider Public Service Company of Oklahoma said. Around 125 utility poles were broken or damaged.

The city’s warning sirens did not sound before the tornado struck. Tulsa Area Emergency Management Director Roger Jolliff described it as a fast-moving storm that left little time for warning.

“To have warned we would have been warning after the fact, which would have not been the right thing to do,” Jolliff said.

The Tulsa Fire Department said 13 people were transported to hospitals, including a firefighter who was burned in a house fire. A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital said the medical center received 30 patients with minor injuries like lacerations, and most had been released by Sunday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski told the Associated Press that while tornadoes can strike any time, they are generally associated with the spring months.

“I wouldn’t say outrageously rare, but it is uncommon,” to see an August tornado, Jankowski said.

Crews were clearing streets Sunday and Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell warned people to stay out of damaged areas if possible.

An uncommon August tornado struck Tulsa early Sunday, damaging buildings, toppling utility poles and injuring around 30 people, authorities said.

No deaths were reported when the tornado struck at around 1:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. ET) The National Weather Service said it confirmed damage from an EF-2 tornado in the central part of the city.

 

Image: A man stands near a damaged building after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma Aug. 6, 2017. A possible tornado struck near midtown Tulsa and causing power outages and roof damage to businesses.
A man stands near a damaged building after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma Aug. 6, 2017. Tom Gilbert / AP

He said that after the deadly tornado in Joplin, Missouri in 2011, a study showed that some residents did not initially heed warning sirens because of what was perceived as past false alarms, and emergency managers are reluctant to sound sirens too often.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 2011 did find that many residents interviewed after that deadly tornado said the first siren did not immediately trigger concern because of what was perceived as past false alarms.

The E-5 Joplin tornado that struck on May 22, 2011, killed 159 people and injured more than 1,000 others. It was the seventh-deadliest tornado in U.S. history.

Image: A man stands outside a Fridays restaurant after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 6, 2017. A possible tornado struck near midtown Tulsa and causing power outages and roof damage to businesses.
A man stands outside a Fridays restaurant after a storm moved through the area in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Aug. 6, 2017. Tom Gilbert / AP

The Tulsa Fire Department said 13 people were transported to hospitals, including a firefighter who was burned in a house fire. A spokesperson for St. Francis Hospital said the medical center received 30 patients with minor injuries like lacerations, and most had been released by Sunday afternoon.

National Weather Service meteorologist Amy Jankowski told the Associated Press that while tornadoes can strike any time, they are generally associated with the spring months.

“I wouldn’t say outrageously rare, but it is uncommon,” to see an August tornado, Jankowski said.

Crews were clearing streets Sunday and Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell warned people to stay out of damaged areas if possible.

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“Right now we’re still identifying dangerous areas of power lines, gas leaks that are in the area, and other debris that can still cause severe injury to individuals,” he said.

Elliott Wilson, franchise owner of the bed and mattress store Mattress Firm, assessed the damage to his store Sunday.

“There’s definitely going have to be some tile and carpet repaired,” Wilson said. “Yeah, it’s going to keep us down for a little bit.”

US Tornadoes in August

Here’s where tornadoes typically form in August across the United States

AUG 17, 2015

These maps break down August tornadoes based on where they begin.

By the time we hit August, there’s no denying that the peak of the tornado yearis getting further and further behind us. However, August does rank higher than the six months that follow it when it comes to averages and overall numbers.

It’s actually quite a bit like July except that numbers are lower overall. The northern tier of the U.S. remains the focus of organized activity for the most part. We also often see heightened activity across parts of Florida, and Texas returns to the game after being knocked back a bit in July.

Where tornadoes form:JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

The average for August tornadoes is right around 80. This is a continuation of the decline that happens coming out of spring and early summer.

That trend will keep happening into and through the cold season, with the possible exception of a “second season” bump in October or November. Even with that bump, the numbers are generally lower than in August despite the fact that there might be a better chance of an outbreak again during that time of year.

Much like July, one reason for the lower numbers in August is simply that the jet stream is often displaced well to the north, given that we’re still near the heart of summer in the United States. Storms are also a little less frequent across the country overall compared to July, so there are fewer of the “random” incidents of tornadic activity. That said, it is a warm and humid month for much of the nation, so tornadoes can happen just about anywhere.

The grid map up top and most of the maps below don’t necessarily show major patterns for August tornadoes. As with the rest of summer, the front range of Colorado tends to be a favored spot for tornado activity. As does parts of the northern Plains and upper Midwest. Florida and Texas are rather lit up on the maps as well. Texas, partly because it’s huge. Florida, partly due to air mass tornadoes and waterspouts moving ashore, plus increased offs of tropical storm activity as we get through the month.

Only the District of Columbia has not seen a tornado touchdown in August across the contiguous United States.

Generally, August will tend to favor at least transient high pressure pushing through the upper South and toward the mid-Atlantic, which helps stymie tornado activity in places that typically see plenty like Tennessee, Arkansas, and Kentucky as well as immediate surrounds.

These states lead the way for tornado touchdowns in August: Texas (370); Florida (298); North Dakota (235); Colorado (201); Minnesota (192).

Related:August tornado averages by state (SPC)

As noted up top, the area of focus on a smaller scale — such as counties below — is actually fairly similar to July. The Front range, arcing up into the northern Plains, then across parts of the upper Midwest are prime zones. The desert southwest continues to be lit up a bit as monsoon persists in that region as well. There’s also maybe a hint of cold fronts beginning to progress further south and east in the Plains as well with the approach of fall.

 

While often not in the news due to short duration and way more than often weakness, Florida remains a hotspot for tornadoes, as with July. The state sees frequent air mass storm type tornadoes that are often very short lived. There is also increased likelihood of tropical system induced tornadoes as we head toward peak hurricane season.

These counties have seen the most tornado touchdowns in August: Weld, CO (31); Palm Beach, FL (25); Harris, TX (23); Sangamon, IL (22); Brevard, FL (21).

Related: The month of August by the numbers | Significant tornadoes in August

For the second month in a row, Grand Forks, ND leads the list when it comes to tornado touchdowns within NWS office boundary areas.

June, July and August all tend to favor offices well on the way to Canada. Otherwise, the map shows some of the detail the finer maps above do. There’s a paritcularly large splotch of red across the northern Plains and upper Midwest. South Florida is notably red as well.

These NWS offices that have dealt with the most touchdowns: Grand Forks, ND – FGF (164); Bismarck, ND – BIS (140); Boulder, CO – BOU (133); Twin Cities, MN – MPX (106); Tampa Bay, FL – TBW (95).

Data (1950-2014): States | Counties | NWS (.csv files)

http://www.ustornadoes.com/2015/08/17/heres-where-tornadoes-typically-form-in-august-across-the-united-states/

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Power surge today at Courthouse so there will be no phone service or computers until Thursday. Sorry for the inconveniences.

In honor of our fallen law enforcement brothers and sisters, today we remember and pay respect to them. If you have a relative or friend that is a fallen officer, please name them below so that we may remember their service.

History of National Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week:

In 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world converge on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The Memorial Service began in 1982 as a gathering in Senate Park of approximately 120 survivors and supporters of law enforcement. Decades later, the event, more commonly known as National Police Week, has grown to a series of events which attracts thousands of survivors and law enforcement officers to our Nation’s Capital each year.

The National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service, which is sponsored by the Grand Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police, is one in a series of events which includes the Candlelight Vigil, which is sponsored by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) and seminars sponsored by Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.)

National Police Week draws in between 25,000 to 40,000 attendees. The attendees come from departments throughout the United States as well as from agencies throughout the world. This provides a unique opportunity to meet others who work in law enforcement. In that spirit, the Fraternal Order of Police DC Lodge #1 sponsors receptions each afternoon and evening during Police Week. These events are open to all law enforcement personnel and are an experience unlike any other. – National Police Week Website

http://www.policeweek.org/

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