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December 9/23, 2013

Code Black: A Natural Disaster

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Internal Medicine, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Tulsa
  • 2Department of Surgery, University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine, Tulsa
JAMA Intern Med. 2013;173(22):2027-2028. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.11326

May 20, 2013

6:30 am. I felt a cool breeze as I was surrounded by the hums of Interstate 40. The forecast predicted a high chance of thunderstorms, hail, and heavy winds. I smiled; when’s the forecast ever right anyway? Just another day of typical Oklahoma weather, 1 day with sweltering highs of 38°C, the next with a freeze factor of 0°C. Heavy winds and thunderstorms. Barely enough to make one think twice.

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