Several Counties Across Green Country Impacted By Tornado Warnings, High Winds

Tuesday, April 26th 2016, 4:43 pm
By: News On 6

It arrived later than expected, but severe storms finally made their way across eastern Oklahoma.

Severe storms initially formed across western, north-central, and central Oklahoma late Tuesday afternoon; bringing with them the threat of tornadoes.

Just before 9:00 p.m., a tornado warning was issued for Oklahoma, Lincoln and Logan counties. Storm Chaser Darren Stephens said he was able to confirm a lowering, but unable to see if it was on the ground. He said there were wind gusts upwards of 80 miles an hour.

Storms eventually made it to eastern Oklahoma around 10 p.m. The intense line of storms brought damaging winds, some areas reported speeds up to 90 miles per hour, heavy rain and threats of hail and tornadoes.

Tornado warnings were issued across several counties. The News On 6 WARN Team said it was a blanket warning and that no specific locations were pinpointed for tornadic activity, but several spin-ups could happen in several different areas.

Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer said, "This is a wind event, almost more than a tornado event, but spin-ups could happen."

Checotah may have been one of the most damaged areas. The Checotah mayor confirmed downtown was hit by strong winds and possibly a tornado.

4/26/2016 Related Story: Checotah Mayor: Downtown Hit By Strong Winds, Possible Tornado

Due to the damage, Checotah Public Schools posted on its Facebook page that classes would be canceled for Wednesday, April 27.

Several power flashes were reported across the Tulsa metro area. As of 1:30 Wednesday morning, PSO reported about 4,151 customers were without power in Tulsa County; nearly 2,266 in Choctaw County; 273 in Delaware County; 165 in Osage County; 122 in McIntosh County and 111 in Wagoner County.

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Damage has been reported in several areas across Green Country, mostly consisting of downed trees and power lines. According to the Tulsa Fire Department, several power lines are down in the Tulsa metro area.

The National Weather Service indicated the storms could be a "Particularly Dangerous Situation," with storms capable of very large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes.

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The severe storms eventually began to shift east of Green Country after midnight into early Wednesday morning with calmer weather briefly returning after that.

According to NWS, Severe Thunderstorm Watches are still active for Adair, Cherokee, Choctaw, Craig, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Mayes, McCurtain, Ottawa, Pushmataha and Sequoyah counties until 5:00 Wednesday morning.

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