Perhaps because of the weekend, but the 31 May 2013 storm here in OKC is hard to find information on. We have some sensational video and photos, but little in the way of quantitative assessments.

At the moment, the death toll is at 11. God comfort them and their families.

There was significant damage in Canadian County, west of the Oklahoma City metro. As the storm came into the city, there were lots of indications the tornado stayed at F3 or higher, but damage reports were not coming in. There was flooding, and some hail, but chasing the storm was hard, and the radars didn’t seem to be getting things quite right. That is, while it was certain they knew where to look, it seems things simply were not as bad as the radar indicated, and the chasers were thwarted by traffic and rain. Rain was incredible. Winds were extreme.

Anyway, we picked up one daughter from across town, and the eldest is back after graduation from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. (Straight A grades, and has a teaching job already.) So we had our seven, and five neighbors joined us in the cellar. I stayed in the house watching the weather reports until it jumped south on I-35. It was getting unpredictable, so I decided not to try to race it. Power and the wireless held up. (Hard to believe, but the concrete ceiling of the cellar allows barely adequate signal.)  Once it was clear a little over a mile, and the rain had let up a little, David (neighbor) and I went out. It was still blowing like a hurricane. Temperature was down to about 59 °F. (Thermometer right there on our fence.)

Anyway, the neighbors went back to their house a bit later, and we all rode out the rest of the evening listening to the increasing flooding reports and worrying about those south of us with no power, no traffic lights, and all those cars.

I’m a little frustrated by the lack of quantitative information, but my first hand investigation, in low-traffic, low-populous areas, indicates very minor damage. Tinker seems to have been missed entirely, even the old GM plant. The radar had circulation there for a bit. There was a tipped trailer and some limbs down, but nothing significant to a drive-by visual. I just kept saying, Thank God.