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Oklahoma Severe Weather Awareness (Feb 26, 2011)


(NWS) - Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes can affect the state of Oklahoma at any time of year, but they're most common during springtime.

More than 80% of the annual number of tornadoes happen from March through June, with nearly 40% of those happening in the month of May.

And while tornadoes can occur virtually anywhere in the United States, no place has more significant tornadoes than right here in Oklahoma.

Now is the time to make sure you and your family know what to do if a tornado or severe thunderstorm threatens you.

Taking a few minutes right now to develop a plan of safety could save your life. On average, the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning about 10-15 minutes before the tornado strikes.

But, in some cases, you may get very little warning at all. You need to be able to act very quickly to protect you and your family.

Your safety is your responsibility - no one is going to knock on your door to tell you a tornado is coming. But doing a few simple things, like knowing where you would take shelter if a storm threatened - no matter where you are - and having multiple ways to receive critical weather information can help you be safe when storms roll in.

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