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Oklahoma Tornado and Flooding
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May 27, 2019
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The Route 66 city of El Reno OK has been hit by a late-May tornado. Two people are confirmed dead, many injured, and damage is widespread. El Reno has 17,000 people and is 25 miles (40 km) west of Oklahoma City.

The ongoing widespread danger is from flooding. Torrential rain continues to fall over much of the state, especially the northern portion, and old earthen levees in Tulsa are seriously threatened. Much of the water will flow through Tulsa on the Arkansas River near downtown, and this problem will likely extend into June.

Perhaps this will affect some of you already traveling, or about to. Updates are available through http://www.weather.gov (the US government forecasting service) or http://www.weather.com (a commercial TV channel widely available in US motels). Road closures and conditions in Oklahoma are on the official state site: http://www.ok.gov/odot/

As of late Sunday May 26, Route 66 is NOT affected.

Perhaps this is a good time to repeat a caution about Pops at Arcadia OK, on Rt 66 just to the northeast side of Oklahoma City. It is isolated in the environment, built almost entirely of glass, and has NO public storm shelter. Nor is there one anywhere nearby.

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