I’m sure you’ll think I’m repeating myself when I mention Tuesday night’s hailstorm in Oklahoma City. And maybe I am, if you’re thinking back to my post two years ago. Hail seems to have become an attention-getting device in my old hometown — more so than anything I can remember during all the years I lived there. Or maybe it’s just because my sister got hammered again. Hammered by hail, that is. Her roof was totaled — for the fourth time in nine years! That’s a ton of shingles, I might add, since it’s a large, ranch-style home (something to consider when comparing a ranch to a multistory home). It also stripped all the paint off the south side of the house and broke a couple of windows. I’ll leave you to imagine what such a history has done to her insurance rates, but I’m sure it’s as bad or worse than trying to buy fire insurance for a big home in the mountains here.
My other sister reported they all got into their safe room for about 15 minutes. (There were tornado alerts in the area, too.) No small feat, since my brother-in-law is in his first week home with a new Cheney-style heart pump, and they had also had a house guest with arthritic knees. The shelter is one of those steel vault things you have buried under the floor of your garage, so getting to it is not as simple as just walking through a door. The “fun” part of the story, if you can call it that, is that an elderly neighbor lady who didn’t want to be alone also showed up — bearing wine and cookies! They know how to do storms in Oklahoma.
Local news media reported one women saying, “I’m getting tired of being scared of the weather.” I can appreciate that. I’ve never stopped being glad I moved to Denver.
Something new and different:
- Baseball-size hail falls in Oklahoma City (fox6now.com)
- Oklahoma weather: Oklahoma’s hellish hailstorms not freaks of nature, roofing exec says (newsok.com)
- Significant damage across northwest parts of Oklahoma City area (newsok.com)
- EMSA responds to storm injuries (kfor.com)
- Hail hits woman on head through skylight (kfor.com)
- Moderate risk of severe weather looms in Oklahoma (koco.com)