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Black Friday Shopping Starts on Thanksgiving
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK -- Oklahoma shoppers camp outside big box stores on Thanksgiving waiting for Black Friday deals.
"For $200-300 I'm willing to do it," said shopper, Justin Ellerbee.
Ellerbee says he never pictured himself as a Black Friday shopper, but he set up his tent outside Best Buy on Tuesday.
"I thought they were crazy. I told myself I would never do that and then find myself here for the first time," said Ellerbee.
The deals are too good for some to pass up, even if it means missing Thanksgiving dinner.
"You should just schedule your Thanksgiving earlier at noon like I did," said shopper, Emily Hood.
Waiting outside Toys "R" Us on Thanksgiving afternoon is only the beginning of Hood's Black Friday schedule.
"I'm going to Toys "R" Us and then I'm going to Target and then I'm going to Kohl's and then I'm going to JCPenny's and then I'm going to Dick's Sporting Goods," said Hood.
She shops on Black Friday every year. "I saved so much money. I filled up my whole truck. Bed,cab, everything for $400," said Hood.
Toys "R" Us and Sears opened at eight o'clock Thursday night while Target opened at nine o'clock.
Best Buy set it's Black Friday opening for midnight Friday.
Overall, about 17 percent of shoppers plan to take advantage of Thanksgiving hours, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers-Goldman Sachs survey of 1,000 consumers conducted from Nov. 15 to Nov. 18.
Last year, that figure was 16 percent. For Black Friday, traditionally the busiest shopping day of the year, 33 percent intend to shop that day, slightly down from 34 percent in 2011.
Posted: Thursday, November 22 2012, 09:53 PM CST
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Tornado watch issued for western, central Oklahoma
May 18, 2013 22:57 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A tornado watch is in effect for western and central Oklahoma.
The weather system brought severe thunderstorms to the Altus and Clinton areas, as well as Harper County late Saturday afternoon. There were no reports of rotation as evening approached but the tornado watch lasts until 11 p.m. Saturday.
The dangerous weather is forecast to continue into Sunday night as the system progresses to the east.
The tornado watch area Saturday stretched from eastern edge of the Panhandle to include the Oklahoma City area.
Forecasters warn that the system could also bring large hail.
The National Weather Service in Norman reports tennis ball-size hail along U.S. 62 near the border of Harmon and Jackson counties in the state's far southwest.
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