15 April 2012
The Woodward news paper posted the video of the tornado lit by lightning as it passed into Woodward. A former firefighter who works for KWTV (in Okla. City) as a storm tracker, followed the storm into town. His coverage was among the most riveting and chilling I’ve heard in such a situation. (Woodward is in far NW Oklahoma, and I passed through the city in January coming back from a weather conference in Colorado.)
There was a good 10-15 mins. warning from the NWS on the tornado. I was tracking it and posting on my Facebook page for my friends in Oklahoma ( I’m a native Sooner by the way).
Below is the warning from the Norman, OK NWS:
I still bet I hear some anchor on air say it hit without warning….
BULLETIN - EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED TORNADO WARNING NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NORMAN OK 1200 AM CDT SUN APR 15 2012 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN NORMAN HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR... EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN HARPER COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA... WOODWARD COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA... EXTREME NORTHEASTERN ELLIS COUNTY IN NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA... * UNTIL 1230 AM CDT * AT 1159 PM CDT...TRAINED STORM SPOTTERS REPORTED A TORNADO 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF GAGE. THIS TORNADO WAS MOVING NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH. * LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE... WOODWARD...FARGO AND TANGIER. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... GET IN...GET DOWN AND COVER UP. TAKE COVER NOW IN A STORM SHELTER OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OF A STURDY BUILDING. STAY AWAY FROM DOORS AND WINDOWS. THE TORNADO WILL BE VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE IN THE DARK. DO NOT WAIT. TAKE COVER NOW.