Okla. approaching the worst week for tornadoes

This spring, we’ve seen it all; ice storms, tornadoes, and of course, some violent hail last weekend.

Historically speaking, this is one of the worst weeks of the year for severe weather.

Experts said we shouldn’t let these blue skies fool us; this is the time of year when moisture from the gulf starts meeting up with hot, dry air from the southwest.

That’s when we become “Tornado Alley.”

It’s hard to believe Friday will be the 14 anniversary of “May 3.”

The day a record-setting twister roared through Oklahoma during the most volatile time of our year.

“By the time we get to the first two weeks in May, it is dead centered on the state of Oklahoma,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Rick Smith said, regarding tornado alley.

He said that infamous alley moves from the southeast toward Oklahoma as spring arrives.

The peak season for the likelihood of tornadoes starts the first week of May.

“Anything can happen in any given year,” Smith said, “but certainly these first 10 to 15 days in May are really prime time for tornadoes in the state.”

Although Smith said he doesn’t expect a very active, early May right now, he reminds us about May 10, 2010.

Between that morning and night, the tornado count for the state went from three to 58. Worst week ever tornado

Body Works, Inc. shop manager Bob White knows tornadoes aren’t the only threat this time of year.

“I think in the next couple of days, we’re going to have probably all the work we can do,” he said.

That’s because Friday’s hail storm led to 50 cars coming into Body Works Monday morning alone.

One of those vehicles belonged to Lauren Izzi.

“It sounded like I drove my car to a golf range and just let people have at it,” she said.

Izzi just hopes the arrival of May doesn’t mean a return trip to Body Works anytime soon.

“I hope not,” she said. “I’ve lived here for seven years and this is my first experience with hail damage, so hopefully it’s my last.”

Smith said now is the time to get prepared for tornado season by having an emergency kit that contains a battery-powered radio or TV, a flashlight, plenty of batteries and first-aid supplies.