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And we are kicking off tonight with the disaster in the midwest just amazing new videos being released today showing the chilling power of those.
Mega twisters that have been devastating the midwest.
And in the heart of the zone is a good friend of scoreboard Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett who joins us now with a very.
This details on what's happening mayor thank you so much for coming I don't know here.
Very busy how bad is it.
While David death the tornadoes -- the the metropolitan area of Oklahoma City but did hit in the in the far reaching rural areas Oklahoma City was very fortunate that.
It went north and south and even east -- but the city was -- once again we were fortunate.
-- -- one thing that jumped out at me when I was first looking at all this and watching the coverage last night is how far we've come with the technology.
When I broke into the television industry thirty years ago it was a rare moment if -- photographer actually captured footage of a tornado.
Today with the science of advancing so far and the number of Storm Chasers increasing so much.
Now the cameras are pointed at the clouds waiting for the tornadoes to come out of the sky and that advance warning certainly helps our citizens evade the terror of the tornadoes.
And secondly it provides incredible pictures in the news media picks up on it.
And and -- these pictures all over the country and -- it it it makes for good television but it also I think sends the message.
That there's a lot more tornadoes out there than there probably earliest but as as advances all the technology is it still can't stop the death and destruction it with a hundred.
124 people are killed in Joplin just a couple of days before by the way.
Were any of your emergency rescue vehicles or people.
Involved in trying to help out the folks in Joplin and -- are you having to bring them back in a hurry.
Well sort of what happened was also some some people to help in Joplin and we sent some people to help and -- that this is kind of a back up systems so there was some movement around.
Based on Joplin.
But R&R I I sense that they the warning system from the Joplin media was just not as -- what it is an Oklahoma City with a severe storms laboratory located in our metro.
And the television stations using so many resources the helicopters the advance storm warnings.
In Oklahoma City what you have is is an incredible emphasis on whether coverage.
And I don't know any of the national networks picked up our local affiliates and we're showing it around the country and so.
I -- advance warning is so important because.
At the end of the -- people in Oklahoma City in this metro -- take all of this information and make their own decisions on -- best to do to -- -- well as -- in Oklahoma City we didn't have a problem this is -- web -- because there's still so many storms yet to happen and as we've seen how how destructive they are a lot of -- in that area -- which is susceptible to these things are wondering what to do what would you advise they do as they rebuilt.
Well I fortunately I I think that first of all television stations have a responsibility to have a meteorologist on staff.
And I know a lot of smaller markets that's not feasible or not done especially if you're a part of the country that and have a whole lot of severe weather but I think having trained meteorologist in your media is very important.
But but don't underestimate the power of television when it comes to getting people the information they need you can't build shelters for large metropolitan areas there's no way Joplin -- prepared for that all they could have done was give people advance warning and let them -- the best job they could try to get out of the way.
In that specific instance it was a very broad tornado one that would have been extremely difficult under any circumstances to -- By the way another thing of television does is tell the stories of of heroism some remarkable stories like for example in Joplin.
That Pizza Hut manager that manage to get all of his staff into this this -- shelter this cold storage closet.
Unfortunately he didn't get himself in there in time because you're so worried about his staff.
He eventually was sucked up by -- tornados and was killed -- -- -- similar stories of heroism where you are.
Well we have before and in almost in an ideal circumstances you do have people who whom manage restaurants that we'll try and get people and -- what.
A meat locker because.
You know those those safe rooms those those meat lockers those types of environments will survive a tornado.
In Oklahoma people generally know which part of -- house to be -- they know which closet in advance they would ever go win it if a tornado were to come.
That's why would you see such devastating pictures and all you see is lumber laying in the in a grassy field.
At a person walked out of that.
It's because they knew it had prepared what's part of the of the structure they were going to be and if that tornado came and time after time he -- incredible stories of complete destruction.
But lives say you know what finally hit 88 you were fortunate and in a certain area in terms of -- -- not going directly over Oklahoma City but it was still a deadly storm.
In your area are there individuals missing we know that despite the big count in Joplin.
What's really concerned is that they're they're over a thousand people missing is at the same in Oklahoma.
The last I heard there was a young person that was still missing and the death count was relatively low especially when you're when you're considering become the comparison to Joplin.
The F four that went through rule Oklahoma last night would've been.
Devastating if -- had gone through the city you know in our cities a 130 year history we've had one F five tornado that was back in 1999.
It it takes enormous damage.
The Joplin tornado is going to be at least an F four I think when they finally measured in -- those are really really dangerous well best of luck to -- mayor our condolences for those who were injured and died and again best luck in the future.
Mick Cornett mayor of Oklahoma City thank you very much.
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