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Published: Friday, May 31 2013 11:10 p.m. MDT

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Strider303
Salt Lake City, UT

The local radio people did an excellent job informing listeners of the current situation, they tied into partner TV stations for audio when the storms touched down and the weather guys gave good, useful information, not the national network talking head hyper-babel you get from people who are just filling the airwaves with sound because they have nothing to say. One stations had a helicopter in the air as the storms formed and "storm chaser" reporters in vehicles out to give eye witness accounts of location of the funnels, three or four, and their courses and speed.

People caught on freeway were mostly orderly and polite, except for the clowns who drove SUVs and P/Us on the shoulders to make a third lane or try to get ahead - some slid off onto the grass and were stuck. This behavior hindered ambulance response to accidents, and emergency crews access to downed power lines.

Need to look up what a "wedge shaped tornado" is. Squall line rain and high winds made the whole experience sort of a "two-fer", dark ugly clouds with tornadoes and hurricane effect wind/rain.

It was a memorable experience as seen from I-44.

atl134
Salt Lake City, UT

The local radio/TV people did an atrocious job. People died because of them quite likely with that absurd statement about gettign underground or driving away. Traffic jammed everywhere while flooding and heavy hail was falling, leaving everyone sitting ducks for tornadoes that, when they were in OKC, Moore, and Norman, were not strong enough to make cars a better option than inner rooms/bathrooms.

Storm chasers got a lesson in getting too close as Bettes' car was smashed (they're extremely lucky to be alive) and Timmer's vehicle lost its hood. Overall, this could not have been botched worse.

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