Tornadoes touch down in Oklahoma, Texas no injuries reported

Bruno Cirelli
Mag 20, 2017

The National Weather Service says several tornadoes touched down briefly in mostly rural areas of Kansas as a severe storm system stretched from Oklahoma into south-central Kansas.

A storm system will be slowly moving eastward over the high plains with a cold front extending south into Texas, providing forcing for storms.

Newscasters, storm chasers and other observers noted huge cloud formations and large hail across the state.

Garfield and Kingfisher counties also are in a moderate risk for flash flooding Friday, according to NWS. Download the Storm Shield Weather Radio App for your iPhone or Android device and get severe weather alerts wherever you are.

Cities in the "moderate" risk category - the second highest - include Stillwater and Ponca City.

A mobile home is a particularly risky place to be during a tornado, according to the National Weather Service.

Some of the heavy rainfall will overlap the severe thunderstorm threat area, while a portion of the heavy rain will fall well north of strongest storms.

Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha and Lincoln, Nebraska; Topeka, Salina and Wichita, Kansas; Oklahoma City; and Abilene, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, lie within the threat area Tuesday night. A Facebook post by the Salina Speedway fan page announcing the damage has already been shared more than 4,000 times.

Those winds appeared to be between 80 and 90 miles an hour.

Update, 8:55 p.m.: The National Weather Service issued a new severe thunderstorm warning for Tulsa, Osage, Rogers, Wagoner and Washington counties, expiring at 9:30 p.m. The potential is highest in central northern Oklahoma, including Woodward. The severe potential for Friday will be assessed further later today and will be discussed in tomorrow's email. Stay weather aware and do not forget to not drive in flooded areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 7 p.m. for most of eastern Nebraska. Areas along and west of I-35 will have the greatest risk for severe weather. The risk is slight in the rest of the state.

Meteorologist Greg Dial, with the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says an outbreak of severe storms and tornadoes in possible this afternoon and evening. All hazards will be possible, including large hail, damaging winds, and even some tornadoes. This is a particularly high probability of strong tornadoes today for parts of Oklahoma and Kansas.

In the Tulsa area, severe storms are expected Thursday night and early Friday morning.

The chance for showers and storms falls to 30 percent Thursday, mainly before 1 p.m., under mostly cloudy skies, with a high near 66 and southwest winds at 10 to 15 miles per hour turning out of the northwest in the afternoon. As storms form into a line segment the primary threat will turn to high wind gusts that could top 70mph.

A couple of the tornadoes could be strong and on the ground for more than a few minutes.

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