Confirmed Touchdown of a Mile-Wide Tornado West-North-West of the OKC Metro

A mile-wide tornado has touched town near the OKC metro area near the town of El Reno. This is west-north-west of the town of Moore, which was hit last week.

The Weather Channel's storm chasers were in the direct line of the tornado. Storm Chaser Mike Bettes says his "#TornadoHunt vehicle was thrown 200 yards by the tornado West of OKC. Airbags deployed. All are safe."

Meteorologists have said that preliminary reports indicate that the area hit is more rural and not heavily populated. Here is some of the first video footage emerging from the storm:


Here in Norman, we are currently out of the way of any tornadoes. However, the super cell has shown indications that it may shift direction and head south closer to our location. If the situation further deteriorates, my access to the live blog updates may be affected, but I will continue to live tweet the storm coverage.

For my fellow Oklahomans reading this article, please stay safe and take cover if the weather demands it. And for those not in the Oklahoma area, here is my Oklahoman's guide to passing time during a Tornado. Follow me on Twitter @TheNolanK and follow the hashtag #OKTornado to stay tuned for continuing tweets and updates from Oklahoma!

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Nolan Kraszkiewicz

Nolan Kraszkiewicz was a writer for Mic from March 2012 (when it was still PolicyMic) to August 2013. Nolan is currently a graduate student at Conrad Grebel University College with the University of Waterloo pursuing a Master of Peace and Conflict Studies (MPACS). Nolan is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma, class of 2013, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, B.A., double majoring in Political Science and Islamic Studies, with minor(s) in Philosophy and International Security Studies. Nolan has worked for and been published by numerous media outlets including Sky News, Shabab Libya, UWire, the Oklahoma Daily, and Project Ploughshares (Canada). In his spare time Nolan also writes for his internationally acclaimed academic blog www.TheNolanK.com, featuring original content such as scholarly articles, blog entries, current affairs commentary, and analysis of declassified NATO materials. Nolan is a diehard fan of the Oklahoma Sooners and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

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