Rain To Linger In Eastern Oklahoma Through Wednesday

Tuesday, April 26th 2011, 7:04 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma – Scattered thunderstorms moved into Tulsa county Tuesday evening, bringing brief downpours and hail.

Several locations, including downtown Tulsa, were pounded with pea to marble-sized hail.

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But the main threat of severe weather was in southeastern Oklahoma where strong winds toppled trees and damaged at least a dozen homes.

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LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson said Tuesday that 12 homes sustained damage, and one home in Pocola had the whole roof blown off.

He said officials are still surveying the damage and getting a final count of homes affected.  There were no reports of injuries.  He said most of the damage is in the northeast part of the county, near the town of Spiro.

Davidson said two individuals had to be evacuated from their home because the Poteau River was rising rapidly.

In the Tulsa area, a chance of showers and storms will remain through Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. 

"By early Wednesday morning, the main storm will be tracking on east of us but we will be close enough for wrap around clouds and lingering rain or showers for much of the day," News On 6 meteorologist Dick Faurot said.

Faurot said a few locations in eastern Oklahoma could receive another inch of rain, but for the most part, ½" or less is expected.

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Conditions are expected to clear up on Thursday and Friday, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 70's and low 80's.

Eastern Oklahoma has gone from extremely dry to extremely soaked in the last six days.  Some locations in Adair County have seen up to 14 inches of rain.

The Illinois River is more than a dozen feet above flood stage, swallowing roads, homes, and businesses in the area.

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