Several areas on the northwest of Oklahoma side experienced brief, weak tornadoes as a result of storms moving quickly from southwest Oklahoma to the OKC metro area around midnight on Tuesday. The severe weather on Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning prompted the state’s emergency management agency to issue not one but two tornado warnings.
Issued Two Warnings
According to KOCO 5, the tornado warning was first issued for parts of western Oklahoma on Tuesday night. Another was issued for the Oklahoma City metro area early on Wednesday morning. High winds and heavy rain accompanied a band of storms that stretched from the far southwest corner of the state to Miami in the northeast corner of the state.
Crews and residents in Oklahoma City are cleaning up after several small tornadoes that have yet to be confirmed. During the early hours of Wednesday morning, the city of Oklahoma City issued a tweet encouraging citizens to report tree limbs and other debris obstructing city streets, as per The Oklahoman.
Tornadoes are more likely in the Oklahoma City metro area, but they are less likely east of I-35. According to Damon Lane, the KOCO 5 chief meteorologist, the main threat from tornadoes is short-lived spin-ups along the storm’s leading edge.
Thunderstorms and Tornadoes
The severe thunderstorm warning was in effect in Caddo and Comanche counties and Grady, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Jefferson, Stephens, and Tillman. And a tornado warning has been issued for the following counties: Alfalfa; Beckham; Blaine; Custer; Ellis; Harper; Major; Roger Mills; Washita; Woodward, according to News 9.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association reports that scattered but intense thunderstorms began late Tuesday afternoon across portions of the central and southern Great Plains and are expected to peak at night, as per The Oklahoman. According to OG&E’s system watch, nearly 2,500 customers were without power early Wednesday morning.
Mayor David Holt of Oklahoma City tweeted Wednesday morning that no injuries had been reported due to the storms. They were just briefed on Wednesday morning’s weather event in Oklahoma City by Oklahoma City Emergency Management and that there have been no reported injuries.