State of Emergency Declared for 35 Counties in Oklahoma

State of Emergency

News9 reported on Friday, July 15, 2016, that a 30-day state of emergency was declared for 35 counties in Oklahoma after extreme weather conditions began to engulf the region on Wednesday. The alert was issued by Mary Fallin, Governor of Oklahoma following reports of severe storms, including thunderstorms, tornadoes, straight-line winds, and floods, experienced the state.

The counties that fall under the ambit of the alert are: Wagoner, Caddo, Kay, Cherokee, Pottawatomie, Craig, Latimer, Muskogee, Creek, Grady,  Lincoln, Haskell,  Osage, Kingfisher,  Canadian, LeFlore,  Logan, Nowata, Mayes,  McIntosh, Adair,  Noble,  Okmulgee,  Payne, Pittsburg, Garfield,  Pushmataha, Rogers, Sequoyah, McCurtain, Tulsa, Beckham, Grant, Washington, and Pawnee.

Governor Fallon’s executive order empowers the state with all possible means to deal with the situation effectively. Primarily, the declaration allows the state to make emergency purchases pertaining to disaster-relief as a combative measure of preparedness to counter any untoward situation. Declaring a state of emergency is necessary before the state could seek federal aid if required. The governor also declared the restrictions against over-sized vehicles would be temporarily lifted to enable those bringing in supplies and materials for storm-affected areas.

The National Weather Service (NOAA) has forecast a very low risk for tornado presence in the state, and there is a chance of hail associated possible rain for Friday evening. Furthermore, the maximum wind speed is forecast at 70-80 mph. However, overnight there are storms expected to enter Oklahoma from Kansas and the northwestern portion of the state has an 80-100 percent chance of rain through Saturday morning.

Written by Bashar Saajid
Edited by Cathy Milne

Sources:

News9: Gov. Fallin Declares State of Emergency For 35 Counties Due to Severe Storms
National Weather Service (NOAA): Weather Forecast

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