Local Red Cross On Standby, WKU Meteorology Students Already In Oklahoma

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - Images of the EF5 tornado barreling through Moore, Oklahoma were captured by many residents on video. A group of Western Kentucky University Meteorology students also caught a glimpse of the monster storm on their radar.

"We saw that it produced that classic hook signature that produces tornados and we saw that it was moving right into that area and we were concerned about that," says Dr. Josh Durkee a WKU Meteorology Professor.

The field studies class from WKU was in Duncan, Oklahoma tracking similar storms. They captured photos of a small tornado touching down. Every year Dr. Josh Durkee travels to the midwest for the class.

"Its been a real busy start and looking at long range forecasts it looks like we will have plenty of other opportunities so it may be only three days in but it looks like a lot of potential for it to be an above average year for us," says Dr. Durkee.

The increased activity has the local American Red Cross keeping a watchful eye. They are ready to be called into action to help the devastated community of Moore, Oklahoma.

"We are actually putting our volunteers on standby. There is going to be a need. We are well aware of that based on the impact and those affected," says Executive Director Jennifer Capps.

Capps and her crews have had some practice responding with similar tornados in Joplin and Tuscaloosa within the past 2 years. Despite the increase, people continue to offer help.

"Red Cross sees a couple of big disasters every couple of years and it's much more frequently now and it's just you know the American people come together during these events and we need them to continue to do that," says Capps.

To follow the progress of the WKU Storm Chasers click the links below.

For more information on how you can volunteer for the American Red Cross or to make a donation, follow the Red Cross link below.

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