Severe Weather Wreaks Havoc In The Southern Plains

Take a look at these storm reports from Texas to Oklahoma to Kansas.  Severe storms rolled through Monday night producing tornadoes, damaging winds, large hail, and heavy rainfall!

There were six tornado reports, 40 high wind reports, and 74 hail reports.

A Tornado Watch was posted in the early evening for Oklahoma counties and by 7:43 pm, tornado warnings were being issued.  The town of Medford was hit by a tornado, possibly more in the vicinity.  Our mesonet site there recorded an 84 mile-per-hour wind gust!  Nowata, OK also had several tornado reports. Outflow from severe storms produced wind gusts as high as 62 miles-per-hour at Will Rogers World Airport.

Minco, OK had a 78 mile-per-hour gust.  In Earlsboro, Pottawatomie Co., there was a report of a 70 mile-per-hour gust that damaged an outbuilding.

Golfball-sized hail fell across the state.  Heavy rainfall also caused problems, especially in northern Oklahoma.  Kay County, which saw 6-8″ of rainfall over the past day and a half, saw even more rain Monday night!

A Flood Warning remains in effect for the Salt Fork River at Tonkawa until May 2, 10 pm.

The days to come will be quiet and warm with highs in the mid to upper 80s.

By: Danielle Dozier      Twitter: @DanielleDozier


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