Washington, D.C. – Obama grants Oklahoma request for emergency aid
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) President Obama has granted an emergency disaster declaration request for Oklahoma and ordered that federal disaster aid be given to the state after a blizzard dumped 20 inches of snow on some areas.
According to a statement late Wednesday, Obama's action authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate all disaster relief efforts and provide equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency in all 77 counties.
Tulsa, OK – Mayor Dewey Bartlett today has declared the City of Tulsa a disaster area entitled to aid, relief and assistance and has directed implementation of the City of Tulsa/Tulsa County Emergency Operations Plan. Governor Mary Fallin has declared a disaster in all 77 Oklahoma counties and has requested assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla governor asks White House to declare disaster
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin is asking the White House for an emergency disaster declaration for Oklahoma in the wake of a massive winter storm that dumped up to 20 inches of snow, ice and sleet on the state.
Fallin said Wednesday that she is asking for the disaster declaration for all 77 Oklahoma counties.
Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) National Guard troops have been called in to help rescue crews search for motorists stranded along Oklahoma's highways as a blizzard paralyzed the state's two major cities.
More than 20 inches of snow, sleet and ice have been dumped on the state.
The National Weather Service in Tulsa indicated Tuesday afternoon that there could be "several hundred people" stranded in cars across northeastern Oklahoma.
Tulsa, OK – More than 50 flights were canceled Tuesday at Tulsa International Airport, and spokeswoman Alexis Higgins says they're hoping flights can resume by noon on Wednesday. She said crews began clearing the main runway late Tuesday but were dealing with fierce winds that kept blowing snow back onto cleared runways.
Tulsa, OK – Wind chills to dip well below zero in Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Bitterly cold air left in the wake of a massive winter storm will hang out over Oklahoma through Thursday.
The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill warning for 22 counties in northern and western Oklahoma. Forecasters say wind chills of 15 degrees below zero to 35 degrees below zero will continue through Wednesday in the Panhandle and into Thursday in other areas.