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Hurricane In Oklahoma? Record Setting Storm!  
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1747 times:

Okay, I know it wasn't a hurricane, BUT tropical depression "Erin" moved through Oklahoma this morning starting around 12AM and continued until just a few hours ago. According to the weathermen on Oklahoma Stations, (Which are some of the best weather stations and meteorologists in the world), they haven't seen anything like this before.

Winds reached hurricane force in some areas as a CLEARLY defined eye formed over the state, as the storm spinned around the area of low pressure. Areas in Oklahoma received 5-8" of rain in a very short time causing flooding in a huge swath of the state. Many local, state, and US roads were closed due to bridge collapses, flooding, and even sinkholes! (Never heard of this in OK). Major damage to buildings, farms, and homes with possible tornados spinning off the system as it moved through the area. Roofs ripped off buildings and houses.

Some areas of OK are still under 2-3 feet of water, with major river and creek flooding all over the central part of the state.

If anyone can find radar or satellite images of the storm from a few hours ago at its peak intensity, would really appreciate it!

UAL

[Edited 2007-08-19 18:12:52]

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User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1725 times:





Kingfisher, a town west of Oklahoma City is now under water. My family's company has two nursing facilities in Kingfisher. Not sure of the status.

UAl


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1706 times:

Edit: Just talked to my Grandfather, we are unsure of the status of the nursing homes. One is on Highway 81, which is closed due to flooding at the moment, and one is on Main St. in Kingfisher, which is currently closed due to flooding. Flood waters are at about 5 feet. Unsure if the patients have been evacuated or not. Currently, the currents of the flooding are too strong for rescue boats to attempt rescues. My grandfather tried to call the administrators at the nursing facilities, but has had no answer.

People are trapped on their rooftops as floodwaters continue to rise and the town continues to go underwater.

Oil is spewing from an underground pipeline sending an oil slick through downtown Kingfisher. So far, no building collapses have been reported, but from viewing the footage of the flood currents, they look like they are moving at about 15-20 mph, which can't be very good for structures.

Still can't find any images online of the floodwaters, so if anyone can, please post them.

UAL


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1680 times:

It's all over CNN if you guys want to watch. They were rescuing a couple who was trapped in the water and the woman fell from the helicopter, from about 30 feet. Amazing footage.

UAL


User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1637 times:

I had absolutely no idea there were storms or hurricanes going on in the US. Thanks UAL for calling and telling me to turn on the American news.

Wow - some amazing scenes on your CNN channel.

Glad you are ok.


Cheers!
Len



Citizen of the World
User currently offlinePj295 From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1634 times:

Here is a radar anamation of the storm passing OKC

http://www.wunderground.com/hurricane/2007/erin_okc.gif


User currently offlinePiercey From Sweden, joined Nov 2005, 2233 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1628 times:

I guess the Golden Hurricanes can finally live up to their name....  duck 

piercey in CLE  Sad



Well I believe it all is coming to an end. Oh well, I guess we are gonna pretend.
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 1625 times:

Just got the news from my dad. They evacuated the nursing home in the lower part of Kingfisher and moved them to the other home, which is located on a hill in the town, and away from the water. They did an evacuation early, before any water was threatening the lower nursing home, which is good news.

UAL


User currently offlineRJdxer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

Saw some of the video feeds. It reminded me of the levy breaks in Missouri during the Mississippi river floods in the '90s. That water is flowing very fast. All the rain in that area a month or so ago and now a gully washer and it's got nowhere to go. Hope they all had flood insurance.

User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
Okay, I know it wasn't a hurricane, BUT tropical depression "Erin" moved through Oklahoma this morning starting around 12AM and continued until just a few hours ago. According to the weathermen on Oklahoma Stations, (Which are some of the best weather stations and meteorologists in the world), they haven't seen anything like this before.

Here in BHM this is a bit of a regular occurence as we're pretty much due north of the center of the Gulf of Mexico. It sucks but all in all I don't sweat it too much as I've always lived on some of the higher ground wherever I've been. OK is a bit flatter though so I'd expect more issues with flooding. I've also been through hurricanes/tropical storms in FL and PA over the years.

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
According to the weathermen on Oklahoma Stations, (Which are some of the best weather stations and meteorologists in the world), they haven't seen anything like this before.

Tornadoes are bad and pack very powerful power density but the total power of the largest tornado is a gnat on a hurricane's ass. They're very different animals due extreme respect and the boys in Coral Gables are the experts and I'm sure that the tornado experts in OK defer to them on their turf just as the Gables crew defer to OK on tornados.



Where are all of my respected members going?
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1589 times:

Quoting BHMBAGLOCK (Reply 9):
Tornadoes are bad and pack very powerful power density but the total power of the largest tornado is a gnat on a hurricane's ass. They're very different animals due extreme respect and the boys in Coral Gables are the experts and I'm sure that the tornado experts in OK defer to them on their turf just as the Gables crew defer to OK on tornados.

Oh, I understand that completely. In OK, the meteorologists specialize in tornados. The largest land windspeed record was set here in OKC on May 3, 1999. But I do understand that the overall energy in a hurricane is much greater.

UAL


User currently offlineJetmatt777 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2850 posts, RR: 33
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1581 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 10):
The largest land windspeed record was set here in OKC on May 3, 1999.

318 mph IIRC.

We got 7-8 inches of rain at my house, water seeped in under our front door, and our backyard was completely underwater.

I can't believe she formed an eye wall over dry , err, wet land. It may have lasted only a few minutes, but it was very defined.



No info
User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

As we are speaking, there are carpet cleaning vans pumping water out of apartments all over my complex. I live on a hill in the complex, but the people down the hill from me have been having their floors pumped out all day long. I'm also seeing carpet just being totally removed from 1st floor apartments.

At first, this morning I didn't think there was hardly any flooding when I woke up (around 10AM), but I guess the carpet people were just late getting here. People were pulling stuff out of their apartments and putting them in trucks, and my neighbors just arrived home with some furniture in the back of their truck, so I guess they are dry now.

UAL

[Edited 2007-08-20 03:01:16]

User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1558 times:

Quoting UAL747 (Thread starter):
If anyone can find radar or satellite images of the storm from a few hours ago at its peak intensity, would really appreciate it!

I know this isn't exactly what you meant but I actually took a shot of it as it made a "near-miss" on us yesterday here at KMAF (note the center of circulation just a few miles north of Midland) :



[Edited 2007-08-20 04:01:03]

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