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Nearly 600,000 Oklahomans Head Out for the Holiday Weekend
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK-- Thousands of Oklahomans head out for the Thanksgiving Holiday, some by air, others by car.
"This is going be one wild turkey of a Thanksgiving," said Chuck Mai, a AAA spokesman, "more people driving over this Thanksgiving, than any Thanksgiving in the last five years."
Mai estimates 580,000 Oklahomans will travel out of town for the holiday weekend, this is up 1% from last year. He says about 49,000 Oklahomans will fly to their final destination, but the rest will drive.
"With so many people on the road," said Mai, "we need to increase our level of attention."
Travelers heading south on I-35 saw heavy congestion late Wednesday afternoon, as many Oklahoma families left the metro.
"Traffic was okay, until I got here in Oklahoma City, road construction, traffic jam, rush hour," said Randy Bright, a traveler driving through from Missouri, "so a little slow going."
With crowded roadways expected from late Wednesday through Thursday morning, all travelers are advised to give themselves extra time to reach their final destination, even if they're just driving to the airport.
"You have to allow for parking time, which we are extremely busy in our parking facilities," said Mark Kranenburg, Director of WIll Rogers World Airport, "and possibly lines at the ticket counter."
Traffic at Will Rogers World Airport has been steady leading up to the Thanksgiving Holiday, officials say instead of a huge rush on Wednesday before Thanksgiving travelers have come through sporadically since last Saturday. Despite less crowds, travelers are still advised to arrive at the airport 90-minutes prior to departure.
Posted: Wednesday, November 21 2012, 09:44 PM CST
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Hospitals treat more than 200 after Okla. tornado
May 21, 2013 17:11 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Hospital officials say they've treated more than 200 patients, including over 70 children, since a tornado ripped through an Oklahoma City suburb.
Dozens of patients remained hospitalized Tuesday following Monday's tornado.
Spokeswoman Brooke Cayot (KAY'-ot) says Integris Southwest Medical Center has seen 90 patients, including five children who have been released. About 20 people remain hospitalized there.
OU Medical Center spokesman Scott Coppenbarger says his hospital has treated 89 people, including 59 children. Sixteen patients, including 10 kids, remain hospitalized Tuesday. He said four other adults were treated after Sunday's storms and also remained hospitalized.
St. Anthony Hospital spokeswoman Sandra Payne says her hospital and two regional facilities have seen 36 patients, including 14 children. Three children were transferred elsewhere. All other patients there were being released.
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