The National Weather Service said a small tornado briefly touched down in Payne County near Yale on Sunday afternoon. So far no damage has been reported.
Several counties in northeastern Oklahoma are under a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. Sunday.
Counties included in the watch are Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Hughes, Kay, Latimer, Lincoln, McIntosh, Mayes, Sequoyah, Tulsa, Wagoner and Washington.
The weather is a bit of a double-edged sword for our Sunday – there's some much-needed rain across Green Country today, but that comes at the expense of some early 4th of July holiday events!
Widespread showers and storms already dumped some locally heavy rain across northeastern Oklahoma early this morning, with upwards of 2 to 3 inches of rain falling in some spots along the Oklahoma/Kansas border. Showers and storms will become much more isolated by late morning and through the lunchtime hour with many of us getting a break in the rain, but don’t think that means the storm chances are over for the day!
An approaching front is expected to trigger additional storms near the Tulsa metro and along the I-44 corridor generally after 2 to 3 p.m. and continuing through the late afternoon and evening hours. Some of these storms could become severe with a potential for damaging straight-line winds in addition to dangerous lightning.
More locally very heavy rain will be possible as well this afternoon and evening, which could lead to flash flooding across portions of Green Country.
The bottom line if you had any outdoor events planned today: Have an indoor alternative ready to go! Not everyone is guaranteed to be impacted by an afternoon or evening storm, but any storm that does develop will have the potential to cause problems for outdoor events with a dangerous lightning threat and the possibility of damaging winds. Stay weather aware, and we’ll keep you advised throughout the day!
Storms will gradually shift into primarily southeastern Oklahoma late tonight through early 4th of July morning, and right now the majority of our 4th of July is looking dry which will bode much better for outdoor events on Monday!