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Oklahoma City Radio Informed

Stations remained on-air during tornadoes, now aid victims

The citizens of Oklahoma are starting to recover from tornadoes that tore through the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Sunday and Monday. Forecasters predict more twisters are possible in the Central and Northern Texas, Northern Louisiana and Arkansas region.

Radio informed the citizens of Oklahoma about the danger headed their way.

For Monday’s twister, the public in the suburbs of Oklahoma City had 16 minutes to get to safety before the tornado hit, reported Seattle, which credited the city’s warning sirens for alerting citizens.

The hardest hit city, Moore, Okla., saw a tornado rip the roof off of an elementary school and level homes and businesses. At one hospital there, cars were “piled like Hot Wheels” in the parking lot, and police were searching them for victims, quoted Kurt Gwartney, news director for public station KGOU(FM), Oklahoma City, as saying. KGOU reports today Oklahoma City residents are being asked to conserve water as the tornado knocked out power to a water treatment plant.

The tornado was a mile-wide at its base, according to the Weather Channel.

Clear Channel’s KTOK(AM) tweeted that the storm was really a mile and a quarter wide. The tornado was “dangerously close” to the station’s transmitter site and news/talk KTOK warned listeners if it came too close the station would still be streaming online; the station remained broadcasting.

Now, the KTOK website has links to the local chapters of the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army so listeners can help disaster victims.

Tyler Media’s KOKC(AM) and KOMA(FM), Oklahoma City remained on the air and today the talk and music-formatted stations have several tornado stories and disaster aid links on their websites.

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster, making federal aid available to citizens in five counties.