Thunderstorms Move Across Northeastern Oklahoma

Friday, May 8th 2015, 10:47 am
By: Dee Duren

Much of Oklahoma remains under flash flood watch through Monday morning as multiple rounds of thunderstorms are expected through the weekend. 

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Atoka, Bryan, Coal, Hughes, Johnson, Marshall, McCurtain, Murray, Pontotoc, Tulsa and Wagoner counties until 2:30 Monday morning.

The NWS also issued a flash flood watch for counties including Adair, Cherokee, Choctaw, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, LeFlore, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Osage, Ottawa, Pawnee, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Rogers Sequoyah, Wagoner and Washington.

Several Oklahoma cities experienced large amounts of rain in a short period of time. Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer said Okemah received over three inches of rain within an hour's time. He said that qualifies as flooding. The emergency manager said they are had flash flooding and that roads are closed.

In Tulsa, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed westbound Interstate 44 at Highway 75 due to water over the roadway as over an inch of rain fell in a short period of time.

High winds also blew in with the storms, as sirens went off in Henryetta around 9:00 Friday night.

A tornado watch is in effect through 3 a.m. Saturday for Atoka, Bryan, Carter, Choctaw, Coal, Creek, Haskell, Hughes, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, Love, Marshall, McCurtain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pushmataha, Seminole and Sequoyah counties.

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There is also the potential for a regional severe weather outbreak Saturday, especially in western and central Oklahoma. An upper level system from eastward from the Rockies means storms are expected to rapidly develop Saturday midday to early afternoon.

"Extremely large hail and torrential rainfall will also be possible with super cellular thunderstorms Saturday afternoon and early evening," Crone said in his weather blog. 

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"Locations across central and eastern Oklahoma Saturday afternoon could also see storms developing ahead of the dry line, but the higher chance during the early portion of the event should remain across the western third of the state.

"As always, I encourage you to remain aware of your weather surroundings during the spring months," Crone said. "More so for the next 48 hours as this major storm system begins to influence the central and southern plains."

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