Daily Archives: 24 May, 2013

Video of Moore tornado shows why awareness is key

A video of the first 10 minutes of the Moore tornado shows why it’s so important to be aware of developing conditions and respond quickly.

Much like the Joplin tornado in 2011 and the Hoisington tornado in 2001, the tornado touched down and quickly turned from wisp to beast. AccuWeather vice president Mike Smith estimates that timely, effective warnings saved more than 200 lives.

Given the circumstances, a death toll of 24 from last Monday’s devastating tornado is remarkably low. It’s a testament to Oklahomans responding quickly and effectively as the danger mushroomed.

Wichita weather: Thunderstorms on the menu

There’s a good chance of thunderstorms in the Wichita area today, forecasters say, and some of them could be strong.

Hail as large as nickels is possible with the strongest storms. Highs today will reach the low 70s, with east winds in the teens and gusting to the low 20s.

Rain may continue overnight, with lows dipping into the mid-60s. Showers and thunderstorms are possible throughout the Memorial Day weekend, with strong storms possible.

Monitor forecasts and conditions, particularly if outdoor activities are planned.

For more information on current conditions, go to our weather page.