• UW softball team takes cover in Oklahoma as NWS declares tornado emergency

    By: Alison Grande


    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - The University of Washington Husky Softball team was in Oklahoma City Friday for the Women's College World Series.

    The team was scheduled to play a game on Friday night. However, the game was canceled after the National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the Oklahoma City metropolitan area.

    The team took shelter in the underground garage of their hotel for about an hour and a half.

    Alyssa Olveda of the UW Athletic Communications Office was in Oklahoma with the team.

    "The team is looking out the window for the first time in an hour," Olveda told KIRO 7 on Friday night. "There's a lot of lightning, it's super dark, there's a lot of rain and wind."

    UW Softball Coach Heather Tarr was with the team in the basement of the Oklahoma City Sheraton. She told us, “Everybody’s on their phones and everybody’s texting to make sure we’re okay. We’re okay. We’re scared for the people who are in the eye of the storm.”

    The team was kept in the basement for about 90 minutes. Tarr told us her players, “were definitely scared. There was a couple girls crying. They didn’t really know what to expect. I was trying to locate my parents they’re here too. All of our families are at different hotels. Everyone is accounted for and safe.”

    The team saw the damage the tornado left behind in Moore, Oklahoma. The team went there last week and helped survivors clean up.

    Friday night the team was kept in the lobby of the hotel, not allowed to go up to their rooms.   The NCAA will decide Saturday whether or not it will be safe for the teams to continue the series.

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