MURPHY’S LAW: Pray for Oklahoma

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Photo of Oklahoma tornado courtesy of KFOR/NBC in Oklahoma City.

It’s been hard to get work done. Or anything done. The pictures and videos from Oklahoma are devastating. Heartbreaking. It all happened so quickly, though thankfully, not without warning. One person dead is one too many. The death toll has reached 51 and counting, but when you see the destructive path the two-mile wide tornado left behind, you’d think thousands must have died. Early warnings by meteorologists using advanced weather equipment, and the heroic actions of teachers and first responders, kept a terrible day from being even worse…

The power of the tornado really comes through in this video…

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Photo of Oklahoma tornado courtesy of KFOR/NBC in Oklahoma City.

Can you imagine what it’s like to climb out of the storm shelter? This family recorded video…

Here in Iowa it was another day of sirens and tornado warnings, though thankfully we weren’t hit hard. Parkersburg forever serves as a reminder that it can happen. Many of you sent in stunning photos of the abnormal sky…

May 20th at 7:23 P.M.taken from 47th and Michael Drive. Lowering and rotation of clouds.

May 20th at 7:23 P.M.taken from 47th and Michael Drive. Lowering and rotation of clouds.

Ed Wilson and the storm team did a superb job. It was nice to see all the tweets and emails from viewers who really appreciate that, especially after seeing what just happened in Oklahoma. Occasionally, we do receive complaints from those who just want their favorite program back on channel 13. In this case, The Voice. I understand getting into a show or game and not wanting to miss a minute. Happens to all of us. However, please understand our first responsibility as a local television station is to keep you safe. We should, and do, err on the side of caution.  A common complaint is the information is being repeated. As long as there is a tornado warning in Central Iowa, we can never make the assumption that all of our viewers have been watching the entire time. We live in an age when people are constantly multitasking. Right now, I’m watching our 10 p.m. news, KFOR’s feed in Oklahoma, and typing this blog. So on behalf of people like me, thank you for your patience and understanding…

I had a few thoughts on sports and pop culture, but after seeing the apocalyptic scene in Oklahoma, I should wait…

Pray for Oklahoma…

Keith