Emergency Officials: Tornado That Hit Oklahoma Is Hard To Prepare For
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on May 21, 2013 @ 8:45PM
Created on May 21, 2013 @ 6:06PM
Last year we certainly experienced our fair share of devastating storms.
A lot of folks would be hard pressed to forget the derecho last summer and Superstorm Sandy this past winter, but they were nothing like what took place in Oklahoma Monday afternoon.
On Tuesday 5 News talked to officials with 9-1-1 center in Monongalia County who said there's plans in place to deal with the destruction that's taken place in Oklahoma. However, they admitted that a storm that big is hard to prepare for.
The twister that destroyed Moore, Oklahoma packed winds of at least 200 miles-per-hour and was more than a mile wide. It also wiped out parts of other cities, and in it's path of destruction it left two schools, a hospital, homes and businesses destroyed.
That all sounds like the same scene for folks all over the area. That's because last year winds topped 90 miles per hour when a derecho came through parts of the Mountain State.
James Smith, the Deputy Director of MECCA 9-1-1, said that storm last summer and the one in Oklahoma have served as a teaching tool. He told 5 News they have a plan in place that deals with those types devastating storms.
Part of the plan includes setting up shelters in a few locations throughout the county.
Smith mentioned if a tornado like the one in Moore came through our area ideally folks would have enough time to get out of town.
"Get out of the path of the tornado," he warned. "If you have a place to get to get underground it's recommended that you do that."
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