The Duncan Banner

April 17, 2013

Stephens County under tornado watch

Toni Hopper
The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — A rapidly developing storm system has many people on alert throughout southern Oklahoma. The storm is in direct line of Lawton and does have a “hook” on it. At this time, Duncan and Stephens County is only under a tornado watch, not a warning.

Stephens County Deputy Director for Emergency Management  Jimmy Pryor told The Banner just after 5 p.m., “We are advised to be in a tornado watch or alert.”

“Everyone should be prepared in their own home or have some place safe to go. They should get out of their mobile homes.”

Pryor said that public shelters are not available “through the county” because they do not encourage people to get out in the height of a storm to seek shelter.

Should Stephens County have a tornado warning or actual tornado, the Emergency Management agency for this area does have a center for elected officials that will be available so emergency personnel and other essential personnel have a command center, Pryor said.

“We will wait to see what the needs are and if we need to establish our operation center, we can. We’re here to assist,” Pryor said.