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Southwest Oklahoma prepares for spring storms

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LAWTON, Okla_ Hundreds of residents across Southwestern Oklahoma joined our Skywarn7 Meteorologist team Saturday to prepare for the upcoming storm season.

They did that by going to Rains Furniture store to pick up a discounted weather radio to keep them alerted at all times.

All came for the weather radios but they also enjoyed the chance to meet the weather team and see how their personalities on camera portray in real life.

"They pretty much are who they are, but it was nice to see them in person," Anita Barnes said.

Anita and Joe Barnes bought a weather radio and said they came because their power goes out often, but they don't want that to leave them in harm's way.

"We thought with that at least we have a heads up of what was coming or is potentially coming," Anita said.

The Barnes said they did not know what to expect with the radio.

Anita said she thought you would just turn on the radio and it would give you the weather, but it surprised her and her husband that it can alert you at night with warnings.

"It could be life-saving around here," Joe said.

Our own Skywarn7 Chief Meteorologist Justin Rudicel says that is the whole point of the radios.

"It's very important to get a weather radio as when you lose power you can't watch us on television, you can't get on the Internet, and a weather radio is battery power and always on and always working.  When your asleep that thing will wake way you up in the middle of the night letting you know that a tornado is in your location," Rudicel said.

Also with the radio is convenience.

Many times someone will be watching their favorite show and it gets interrupted by a warning nowhere near them. Weather radios do not have that problem.

"That's the great part of the Midland radios that we are selling here you can actually program them here.  That's what they are doing behind me here, to program them to your exact location.  So if you live in Comanche County you can only get warned for Comanche County warnings, or if you live in Jackson County or whatever county you're in. So you're not woken up at the middle of the night that there's storms in Amarillo," Rudicel said.

Along with the event the team was able to hand out brochures on weather safety and promote the upcoming Fifth Season episode that will help you prepare for the upcoming spring storms.

The Fifth Season episode will air Wednesday, March 19th at 6:30 right here on your 7News station.

 

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