Once again we’re coming to you after another sad week. The weather this May has been incredibly vicious, with a number of lives lost and millions and millions of dollars in damage done.
In the weekend following Friday night’s storms, there has been lots of talk about how some meteorologists advised metro residents to flee during the Tornado. The person getting the most criticism is KFOR’s Mike Morgan. For those who missed it or were watching another channel, Mike apparently suggested a couple of times that anyone who couldn’t get underground should get out-of-the-way. Get to central Moore or to Norman, take I-44, he said. Everyone will be safe there. He said this as Emily Sutton was almost being swept off the road by a tornado that took the lives of other stormchasers:
Unfortunately, the tornado made a sudden, unpredictable and unusual turn as it approached OKC and ended up heading towards Moore and Norman. The combination of hundreds and hundreds of people fleeing and what was already rush hour traffic suddenly led to a horrifying realization: traffic on the highways was at a standstill. The streets were packed, no one could go anywhere, and a tornado was bearing down on them.
And it’s all Mike Morgan’s fault… if you believe what you read on Twitter.
We have a lot of fun now and again with our local meteorologists, because the weather in Oklahoma is such a big deal and we’re all aware of them from the time we’re little kids, and yes, sometimes their coverage can be a little over-the-top. But when the chips are down and there is a truly devastating event taking place, like last week’s tornado, they really do play an incredibly important role in saving people’s lives.
One of my lasting memories of May 20th is Damon Lane realizing and acknowledging on-air that his house was likely gone, and then with an insane amount of poise and professionalism, continuing to advise, caution, and instruct his viewers about what was happening. It was genuinely nothing less than heroic work. Whatever doubts about him any of us had after Rick Mitchell left are gone now for good.
As part of their ongoing coverage of the tornado, The Oklahoman interviewed the three lead meteorologists about their approach to tornado coverage in general and last Monday specifically.
This is the first week in a long time without Thunder basketball. Now, instead of bonding over our frustrations with Kendrick Perkins and our hatred for Patrick Beverley, we all get to back to having absolutely nothing in common with our co-workers. If the weather gets boring, we might not have anything at all to say to them and might actually be forced to do some work over the summer.
Also, it stormed last night. There were several damaging tornadoes near the metro and we hope everyone is okay and stayed out of harms way. I typed up this post before the tornadoes made a V around OKC (Sorry, Shawnee Mall), so you won’t find any tweets of hailstones, destroyed homes, or overturned semi-trucks. For that stuff, visit a real news website. That’s all they are going to show for the next two or three days.
To the tweets:
— Damon Lane (@KOCOdamonlane) May 18, 2013
Hey all! Happy Monday, and welcome to Monday Morning Tweets.
Hopefully everyone had a good Mother’s Day, and you were all able to take a few moments to tell your mother that you’re thankful for her. And don’t worry, if your mom is anything like mine, she’s not even upset that you spent her entire Mother’s Day meal coming up with more and more creative ways to complain about Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins. Moms are the best. The rest of us are the worst.
This week’s tweets are after the jump.
Is everyone ready for yet another week of surfing the web and playing solitaire and looking over our shoulder to make sure our boss isn’t about to catch us doing anything but work? I know I am. It’s pretty exhausting, but this six of diamonds isn’t just going to move itself over on top of the seven of clubs. You know what I mean?
This weeks tweets are below the fold.
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