STATE EOC ACTIVATED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER

Situation Update

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:        May 19, 2010 – 4 p.m. – Situation Update 1

FOR MORE INFORMATION:         Michelann Ooten, Public Information Officer

(405) 521-2481 office; (405) 205-1879 cell

STATE EOC ACTIVATED DUE TO SEVERE WEATHER

Due to the threat of tornadoes and other severe weather, the State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is at Level Two activation, which involves extended operating hours for key personnel. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is in contact with emergency managers across the state.

Weather Conditions

The National Weather Service has posted a Tornado Watch until 10 p.m. for the following counties: Atoka, Beckham, Blaine, Bryan, Caddo, Canadian, Carter, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Creek, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garvin, Grady, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Latimer, Lincoln, Logan, Major, Marshall, McClain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Oklahoma, Okmulgee, Payne, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Roger Mills, Seminole, Stephens, Washita and Woodward.

Today’s severe thunderstorms have the potential for strong tornadoes and destructive winds. Destructive hail is also likely. This is a Particularly Dangerous Situation with the likelihood of numerous severe thunderstorms across the state.

This is a potentially life-threatening situation. People are urged to remain weather aware and be prepared for quick action should a watch or warning be issued. OEM continues to monitor the weather, ready to assist counties, cities and towns if requested.

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