Flooding A Concern Across NE Oklahoma After Possible Bristow Tornado

Wednesday, May 25th 2016, 2:00 am
By: News On 6

Green Country is recovering from damaging winds, lightning and a possible tornado after severe weather swept through the area. About 400 customers are still without power in Bristow Wednesday morning.

Just before 1:30 a.m., damaging 60-70 mile per hour wind potential moved near Bald Hill and continued to move northeast. Dangerous flash flooding also occurred with the cell.

News On 6 storm tracker Darren Stephens was in the area and reported seeing several power flashes. The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for parts of Creek and Okmulgee Counties.

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The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Muskogee, Okmulgee, and Wagoner counties until 2:00 a.m. Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer said the cell of concern was moving north/northeast around 35 miles per hour. Outside of the tornado warning, flooding was the biggest concern.

Creek County, which was hit by strong winds and possibly a tornado Tuesday evening, was also under a Flash Flood Warning through 3:30 Wednesday morning. Flash Flood Warnings were also issued for Okfuskee and Tulsa counties through 4:45 a.m. and McIntosh, Muskogee, and Wagoner counties until 5:45 a.m.

The NWS also issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Pittsburg and Pushmataha counties through 2:45 a.m. and McIntosh, Muskogee, and Okmulgee counties until 3:00 a.m.

Just after midnight strong winds started to build up in Creek County and continued to move north/northeast.

Heavy rains continue to be a threat with these storms. Several News On 6 viewers have reached out and said flooding was causing traffic issues on eastbound I-44 Turner Turnpike near Stroud.

News On 6 sports anchor Charlie Hannema was on his way back from the Thunder game and said Highway 66 in Stroud is flooded. He said the fire chief estimates seven to eight feet of water was over the road at one point.

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News On 6 meteorologist, Stephen Nehrenz said radar was estimating up to three inches of rain fell within an hour near Slick.

Hail was also associated with these storms - News On 6 viewers reported hail from dime to baseball-sized.

The pattern has not changed and the chances for storms will remain in the forecast for the next several days, according to WARN Team Meteorologist Alan Crone. 

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