Severe Weather Sweeps Across Southern Plains, Producing at Least Two Tornadoes
Fast-moving storms damaged parts of a town and at least one school in northeastern Oklahoma, while severe weather in Texas forced the state fair to close early.,
A band of severe weather moving across Oklahoma late Sunday and into Monday spawned at least two tornadoes and prompted a wave of warnings, a weather official said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.
The first tornado was reported about three miles north-northwest of Gore, Okla., in Sequoyah County, according to 4029 News, a local television station in Arkansas. A second tornado was reported after midnight about six miles south of Jay, a small city near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
A possible tornado was also reported in Coweta, a suburb southeast of Tulsa, Okla., reported NewsOn6, a local television station. The storm damaged homes, a gas station and a high school.
“Take cover from this storm now!” the National Weather Service in Tulsa warned, saying that the storm was strengthening and that a damaging tornado was confirmed on radar.
Coweta Public Schools canceled in person and virtual classes on Monday and said that school sites would be surveyed for storm damage.
By 9 p.m., Oklahoma Gas & Electric reported that more than 10,000 customers in the state were without power, according to The Oklahoman. That number was reduced to about 5,400 customers by early Monday.
Earlier on Sunday, the National Weather Service in Tulsa warned residents to prepare for incoming severe weather. In the evening, the Weather Service had reported hail up to two inches in diameter in one county.
Through Sunday evening, fast-moving storms brought severe weather, including lightening and heavy rain, to parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, where storms had forced the state fair, held in Dallas, to close early.
By early Monday, showers and storms continued to sweep across northeast Oklahoma, the Weather Service said. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and cause torrential downpours.
“Be aware of any ongoing flooding and turn around, don’t drown if you encounter a flood roadway,” the agency said.
A flash flood watch was in effect until 7 a.m. local time Monday for areas across southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri, the Weather Service said. Widespread rainfall up to 2.25 inches was expected through Monday morning, with isolated amounts up to four inches.