TULSA, Oklahoma – Severe thunderstorms resulted in a tornado warning Friday night, but there have been no confirmed reports of a tornado, according to meteorologist Matt Mahler.
The National Weather Service issued the warning for Kay County after storm spotters reported a possible twister near Kildare and Newkirk.
Storms produced a 70-mph wind gust near Newkirk. No damage was reported. Hail measuring 1 inch to 1.75 inches in diameter was reported with some of the storms, which also dropped beneficial rainfall on some areas.
The worst damage was in Kay County, Mahler said. The north side of Ponca City saw overturned trailers and downed power lines. Top wind speed recorded was 94 mph.
The weather service placed 24 counties in western and northern Oklahoma under a tornado watch until 1 a.m. Saturday.
The watch includes Pawnee County, Payne County, Washington County, Osage County, Nowata County, as well as some counties in Kansas.
The watch remains in effect until 1 a.m.
Despite the threat of severe weather, the fire danger remains high this weekend. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin renewed the state of emergency Friday first declared on March 11, 2011, due to wildfires.
"Gradient winds Sunday across central and western OK may approach 30 to 50 mph westerly winds with bone dry air advecting into the area," News On 6 Meteorologist Alan Crone said.
Dozens of Oklahoma counties remain under a burn ban.