Severe Weather Rolled Across Northern Oklahoma Wednesday Night


Wednesday, September 15th 2010, 7:54 pm
By: News On 6


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TULSA, OKLAHOMA – Severe weather moved across parts of northern Oklahoma Wednesday night, prompting severe thunderstorm warnings and even one tornado warning.

The tornado warning was issued Wednesday night for northern Osage County, but expired a short time later.  As of late Wednesday night, there had been no confirmed reports of a tornado.

The storm moved through Bartlesville, bringing wind gusts up to 60 miles per hour and reports of golf ball-sized hail.

A severe thunderstorm warning was in effect until 11:15 p.m. for the following counties: Nowata, Osage and Washington.

"These storms are going to be quite intense," said News On 6 Chief Meteorologist Travis Meyer. "Once we get through this, then we'll clear out, things will start to improve tomorrow."

Temperatures for the Tulsa area are expected to be in the mid 80's on Thursday, with 90's possible in areas south of Tulsa.

The "Super Cell Storm" as Meyer called it, moved into Oklahoma from Wichita, Kansas, where it produced tornadoes, flooding rain and hail as big as grapefruit.

Tornadoes were spotted in Sedgwick County south of Wichita shortly after 6 p.m.  Tornadoes were also reported near Winfield and Dexter in Cowley County, and close to Mulvane in Sedgwick County. Northeast of Wichita, tornado warnings were briefly posted in Elk, Greenwood and Wilson counties.

Early damage reports consisted mostly of signs, sheds, roofs and windows -- including some windshields -- torn by high winds or broken by hailstones ranging in size from pingpong balls to softballs and grapefruits.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

 

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