Tornadoes Confirmed In Oklahoma, Arkansas

Friday, April 22nd 2011, 12:24 pm
By: News On 6 and Associated Press

TULSA, Oklahoma – The National Weather Service has confirmed at least three tornadoes have touched down in Oklahoma but apparently caused little damage.

The Weather Service says one tornado was located near the town of Kansas in southern Delaware County. County emergency management director Robert Real reports no damage and says any tornado didn't stay on the ground long.

Weather Service forecaster Mike Teague in Tulsa says that storm moved into Arkansas and touched down briefly near Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport near Highfill, causing some damage.

Another tornado has been confirmed near Mason in Okfuskee County, but county emergency management director Bill Elliott says he's received no reports of damage.

At least one tornado has touched down between Byers and Stratford in south-central Oklahoma but no damage reports are immediately available.

Tornado watches and warnings were issued for several eastern Oklahoma counties as the storm moved east about 30 miles per hour. lightning and hail accompanied the storm system.

Severe thunderstorms moved from Hulbert to Wagoner and around the Muskogee area just before 7 p.m. Friday.

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"We have a messy pattern for the next few days and the forecast is getting complicated regarding exact timing of convective events," News On 6 meteorologist Alan Crone said.

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Storms could linger across extreme northeast Oklahoma early Saturday morning before clearing up Saturday afternoon. But more "pop-up" thunderstorms could develop Saturday night," Crone said.

Saturday's temperatures are expected to be much cooler, with only a high of 66.

Morning showers and storms, along with some locally heavy rainfall, are also possible on Sunday morning. High temperatures are expected to be in the upper 60's and low 70's.

Crone said the severe weather threat is expected to ramp up again on Monday.

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