Seattle’s mayor said Monday he’s hoping the Oklahoma City-based owners of the NBA team will sell the team if they’re forced to honor the last two years of a lease at a city arena. Mayor Greg Nickels was the key witness in the first day of a trial that could determine whether the SuperSonics must play here for two more seasons or can move to Oklahoma City this year.
In Picher last night, Angry words over whether insurance proceeds should be deducted from federally funded buyout offers were exchanged Monday evening during a Tar Creek buyout trust meeting. Most residents voiced disapproval of the trust’s position over the buyout protocol of residences destroyed in the May 10 tornado that destroyed 114 homes and caused severe damage to 30 others.
Chesapeake Energy Corp. announced a $178 million deal on Monday that will give it more access to the Haynesville Shale natural gas field in northwest Louisiana.
Thunderstorms will continue to develop and move across parts of Oklahoma this morning.
Some of the stronger storms will contain hail, strong winds and heavy rain, according to the National Weather Service. Rain may cause flooding of low-lying or poorly-drained areas, especially where repeated thunderstorms occur.
Today: Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid-80s. Easterly winds about 10 mph. Fifty percent chance of thunderstorms.
Strong storms caused the National Weather Service of Norman to issue a tornado warning for Oklahoma County at around 5 p.m. until about 5:45 p.m.
Police reported that a tornado dropped down near NW 150 and Penn. No damage related to that tornado has been reported.
There were reports of a tornado touching down near County Line and Wilshire, but nothing has been confirmed. The weather has caused several reports of power outages and downed tree limbs.
At 6 p.m., Oklahoma Gas and Electric was reporting about 11,000 customers without power, including 7,500 in north Oklahoma City and 1,666 in Bethany.
During the storm, there were reports that a broken power line near NW 40 and Council had caused gas leaks that had caused an evacuation of the area.
Quick question – will summer EVER get here? I know it’s only spring, but personally I could do with some warm if not hot weather.
Enough ranting, here are some quick headlines:
American Airlines canceled more than 900 flights Thursday to fix faulty wiring in hundreds of jets, marking the third straight day of mass groundings as company executives offered profuse apologies and travel vouchers to calm angry customers.
Drama in Norman yesterday as Malcolm Kelly prepared to impress NFL scouts. The Oklahoman’s Jake Trotter reports Kelly was upset after running a pedestrian 4.68 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He placed blame on the OU strength staff and accused them of failing to notify him they were changing surfaces.
NewsOK.tv’s Damon Fontenot filed two video reports from Pro Day in Norman yesterday:
- Running for your Life: With everything on the line, former Sooners receiver Malcolm Kelly posts sub-par numbers in Wednesday’s workout for NFL scouts.
- Malcontempt Malcolm: Former OU receiver Malcolm Kelly is disgusted with the conditions provided for his Pro Day workout.
Yesterday also saw the latest round of a verbal battle between state Rep. Sally Kern and members of the gay community. PFLAG, a gay rights group released a 40-minute audio recording of a meeting between members of the group and Kern in hopes of shedding light on the content and context of that meeting. The group originally described the meeting as cordial. Kern later said she would not meet with them again.
In weather, more warnings and watches around the state today. Here’s what to expect: Partly cloudy. Highs about 70. Southwesterly winds 20 to 30 mph, gusting to 45 mph in the afternoon. Twenty percent chance of thunderstorms.
On Sunday we had storms, with houses damaged in north OKC and Edmond.
Monday, OSU announced Sean Sutton’s resignation.
What will Tuesday bring?