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Tulsa International Airport tornado cleanup and safety procedures

A severe thunderstorm late Saturday, which produced a small tornado caused some major damage in Tulsa. Crews have spent the last two days cleaning up damage at and around the Tulsa International Airport.

News on 6 reporter Jennifer Loren talked with people there who say they weren't prepared for such a powerful storm.

The tornado that touched down at the airport lasted less than a minute. Most people thought it was just a thunderstorm, but shattered glass at the airport, speaks otherwise.

Crews have been cleaning up the mess left behind at the airport Radisson. The storm blew the roof off about four rooms, broke trees in half and busted several windows. Then it continued north-east, ripping up the parking structure and shattering the glass at the airport.

Airport managers say, had they known it was a tornado, the siren would have gone off and they would have followed proscedure and gathered everyone in the right places. Ken Miller: "We would have then notified the patrons in the termonal through our P.A. system. We'd notify the airlines to batton down as much ground equipment and aircraft as they could and then gotten everyone to a safe spot within the airport."

At the Radisson, they have a similar procedure. They will normally go door to door and move all of their guests to the lobby.

Meanwhile, at the airport, the facility is basically a series of glass hallways. So a safe spot where they would take everyone is in the lower level, away from all of this glass.
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