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Oklahoma Broadcasters Provide Lifeline Tornado Coverage (KWTV, KFOR-TV, KOCO-TV, KXII-TV)

Topic: Disaster Relief and Recovery

Local broadcasters provide lifeline emergency weather coverage as tornadoes touched down near Oklahoma City on May 9. The E4 tornadoes, with winds at 166 – 200 miles per hour, killed at least two people and destroyed multiple homes, barns and other structures. Below, here is a sample of the coverage from Oklahoma broadcasters:

  • Griffin’s CBS affiliate KWTV Oklahoma City provided critical updates as the tornado touched down near Elmore City, forming multiple vortices and spitting tennis ball-sized hail.
  • Tribune’s NBC affiliate KFOR-TV Oklahoma City produced a live blog as the tornado approached, emphasizing the need for viewers to “take your tornado precautions now.”
  • Hearst’s ABC affiliate KOCO-TV Oklahoma City caught two live videos of the tornadoes. Reporter Chris Sanner saw the tornado from a half mile away as he drove, allowing meteorologist Damon Lane to warn viewers of the approaching storm.
  • Gray Television’s CBS affiliate KXII-TV Ardmore captured footage of horses going airborne as the tornadoes spun through Murray County on May 10. Two horse ranches, both operated by the same family for more than 30 years, were wiped out by the storm. Several horses were injured.


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