Planes diverted from Will Rogers, schools cancel activities due to tornado threat
Update 11:41 pm.
OKLAHOMA CITY, May 06, 2015 – Severe weather and nearby tornados caused two terminal evacuations at Will Rogers World Airport tonight. The first evacuation occurred at approximately 5:10 p.m. and lasted for 40 minutes. The second evacuation occurred at 6:55 p.m. and lasted for nearly three hours.
Several hundred people took shelter in the airport’s pedestrian tunnel during both evacuations. People were calm and patient as most were familiar with the threats associated with severe weather in Oklahoma.
Flash flooding on Terminal Drive and Air Cargo Road stranded several motorists. The high water also prevented people from leaving the terminal for several hours. The water has subsided and traffic is once again moving on those roadways. No injuries were reported.
During the second evacuation, the airport was closed to all inbound and outbound air traffic. Once the all clear was given, airport staff conducted an airfield assessment and reopened the airport at 9:44pm.
All remaining departures for the evening have been cancelled along with numerous arrivals. Those who might be coming to the airport to pick someone up are advised to check on the flight before coming.
Several early morning flights have also been cancelled or delayed, however, several of the airlines will be bringing in extra aircraft in the morning to accommodate passengers and to get WRWA operations back to normal. All travelers should check with their airline before coming to the airport.
The terminal building sustained water damage in several areas. The airport is still assessing other damage that may have occurred to the building and other property.
(7:5p.m.) Will Rogers World Airport says no planes will be landing at the airport due to the evacuation earlier.
Visitors and staff were evacuated to the pedestrian tunnel because of the tornado threat early Wednesday evening.
They’ve since been allowed to return to their terminals and positions.
Airport officials are advising that anyone going to the airport to pick up an arrival stay home, as there will no be arrivals in the near future.
The H.E. Bailey Turnpike is closed between the Norman Spur and Chickasha due to tornado debris.
Local school districts and other organizations are taking precautions ahead of a system of storms that has produced multiple tornadoes Wednesday evening.
Oklahoma City Public Schools have canceled all evening activities.
Deer Creek Intermediate School emailed parents, telling them band students at an evening activity are being gathered at the Zoo entrance. Buses are en route to pick them up early and that parents will be notified when the students make it back to the school.
Yukon Public Schools canceled all evening events, asking parents with kids in after school programs to pick them up via robo call.
Norman Schools have canceled activities for this evening and are diverting school buses to the storm shelters nearest them.
Moore Schools have canceled activities for this evening and are holding buses until after the threat passes.
OCCC closed all its campuses at 3:50 p.m.
Chickasha Schools have given the all-clear and released students shortly before 4:15 p.m. Wednesday evening.
Will Rogers World Airport also announced they are evacuating all passengers, visitors, and employees as a precautionary measure.
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