Riding a motorcycle has always been the ultimate adventure for many of the people who have ever ridden one.
But now, as Oklahoma becomes the epicenter of a cyclone that has already killed at least 16 people, the road is turning into a much tougher proposition.
The state has been battered by cyclone conditions in recent weeks, including a deadly storm last month that killed at most three people and left many others in hospital.
Oklahoma’s cyclone made landfall on September 1, leaving thousands without power and leaving many of its residents homeless.
On Monday, an Oklahoma City woman died after riding on a bike and sustaining head injuries, while her daughter was hit and killed by a car on September 9.
The storm also left dozens of others in serious or serious-injury conditions.
In the weeks since the storm, Oklahoma has been battling its worst drought in at least 100 years.
According to the US Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma’s average rainfall is just three inches per year, and the average monthly rainfall is about half that.
While Oklahoma’s weather is usually pretty mild, last week saw an average of just four inches of rain.
And the storm made landfall with wind gusts up to 50 kilometres per hour, with more rain expected in the coming days.
Many of the cyclone-related deaths have occurred in the towns of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Laredo, Texas.
But the state’s cyclonic activity is also contributing to the increased severity of the situation.
In Shrevepurs, a community just north of Baton Rouge, about two dozen homes have been damaged by heavy rains.
On Friday, residents awoke to the sounds of falling water from storm drains and water overflowing from nearby homes, according to the Shreveppes Advocate.
On Sunday, two of the city’s levees broke, forcing the evacuation of more than 40,000 people, mostly from the area’s poorest areas.
“You don’t expect that kind of devastation,” Shrevepee Mayor Jeff Wray told the Advocate.
Wray has urged residents to keep their homes closed, and urged residents of flood-prone areas to stay at home.
As a result, many residents in the Houston area, including Houstonians who live in areas hit hard by the storm have begun packing up and moving away.
“I feel terrible,” said Darryl Adams, a 27-year-old lawyer who lives in Houston.
“My mom’s on her way to get her things.”
In Houston, the levees that hold the city to bay are already partially breached.
But if those levees do collapse, the city could flood.
The National Weather Service in Houston said it expects at least 10 inches of rainfall by Monday morning in the city, which is about twice as much as usual.
In Laredos town of Shaghticoke, more than 60 people are sleeping in shelters, according the Associated Press.
In Louisiana, where Oklahoma is located, many people are still trying to rebuild from the damage caused by last week’s storm.
A few people who escaped the flooding are in hospital, while others are being held at a rehabilitation center in Baton Rouge.
“People are getting to know each other,” said Lubbock resident Marisa Lopez, who lost her home to the storm.
“We’re not getting a lot of visitors, but I can still see the lights of Shanksville.”
The National Hurricane Center said last week that the cyclonic storm could continue for at least another week or more, possibly through the end of September.
As of Tuesday, the storm was still forecast to hit Louisiana in late October or early November, but its path will change from tropical to subtropical and from cyclone to cyclone.