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Storms bring funnel clouds and flooding to Texoma

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Tornado touchdowns and funnel clouds were reported in southern Oklahoma on Friday night as a large storm system moved through the region.

Much of Texoma was on alert for flooding problems as a result of very heavy rainfall.

A Flash Flood Emergency was declared in Johnston, Carter and Murray counties until 1:45 a.m. Saturday after up to six inches of rain fell overnight. "Dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is widespread," the National Weather Service warned.

A variety of other flood warnings remained in effect Saturday morning in Oklahoma.

KTEN storm-chaser Doug Drace reported observing a funnel cloud near Springer, Oklahoma around 7:20 p.m. on Friday, and he witnessed additional tornadoes and dangerous storm rotation as he tracked the storm's progress.

So far, we've had no reports of significant damage resulting from the reported tornadoes, high winds and hail.


UPDATES

Saturday, May 20

7:57 a.m. The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Flood Warning for Bryan County and Atoka County in southeastern Oklahoma until noon. At 7:55 a.m., flooding is expected to continue as runoff from heavy rain early this morning continues to flow in creeks and streams across Atoka and Bryan Counties. Avoid flooding and flood prone areas. Some locations that will experience flooding include: Durant, Atoka, Colbert, Caddo, Bokchito, Achille, Stringtown, Bennington, Silo, Tushka, Caney, Kenefic, Kemp, Mead, Armstrong, Hendrix, Cartwright, Utica, Wardville and Albany.

5:43 a.m. The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a Flood Warning for Johnston, Coal, southern Seminole, Pontotoc, northeastern Marshall, south central Pottawatomie, and Hughes counties in Oklahoma until 11 a.m. At 5:42 a.m., many streams and creeks in south central and southeastern Oklahoma remain flooded after very heavy rain from thunderstorms Friday night and Saturday morning. Avoid flooding and flood prone areas through the morning. Some locations that will experience flooding include Ada, Holdenville, Madill, Tishomingo, Coalgate, Wewoka, Konawa, Wetumka, Dickson, Byng, Allen, Mannsville, Roff, Ravia, Stonewall, Wapanucka, Bowlegs, Dustin, Lehigh and Tupelo.

12:29 a.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for an area including Durant, Calera, and Caddo Oklahoma until 1 a.m.

Friday, May 19

11:55 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a FLASH FLOOD EMERGENCY for Johnston, Carter and Murray counties.until 1:45 a.m. Doppler radar and automated rain gauges indicated that between five and six inches of rain have fallen. Dangerous and life-threatening flash flooding is widespread. This is a PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION. SEEK HIGHER GROUND NOW!

11:43 p.m. Sigificant hail up to golf ball-size is reported near Atoka.

11:38 p.m. Storm sirens have been triggered in Atoka as a dangerous storm approaches the city.

11:32 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for an area of Oklahoma including Connerville and Clarita until midnight Friday.

11:26 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for an area of Oklahoma including Tushka, Atoka and Bruno until midnight Friday.

11:19 p.m. All Tornado Warnings in the Texoma region have been allowed to expire.

11:18 p.m. The Bromide Fire Department is reporting half-dollar size hail.

11:11 p.m. High water is beginning to recede in Ada, where several water rescues were required earlier Friday evening.

11:10 p.m. Radar indicates possible rotation of the storm near Hickory; the storm is headed toward the Ada area by 11:52 p.m.

11:02 p.m. Several feet of water has inundated Lumberman Road in Eastern Carter County. There are numerous reports of other high-water locations around Texoma;  If you must drive, 

11:00 p.m. A new Tornado Warning has been issued for Murray and Pontotoc counties until 11:45 p.m. The alert area includes Sulphur and Davis. The storm is headed northeast at 35 mph. The Tornado Warning in Coal County has expired, but the storm still packs heavy rain and high wind.

10:54 p.m. The Tornado Warning has been canceled for Carter County, Oklahoma, as the storm circulation there has weakened. However, this is going to be a serious night of flooding across the Texoma region, Chief Meteorologist Alan Mitchell said. On Union Road west of Mannsville in Johnston County, water is reported up to the roofs of vehicles.

10:47 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for an area including Lone Grove and Springer, Oklahoma, until 11:15 p.m.

10:44 p.m. Golf-ball size hail reported by observers at Lone Grove High School. A flood emergency is reported from Turner Falls eastward.

10:31 p.m. Strong rotation is indicated near Wilson, Oklahoma, in Carter County. This is a dangerous storm, although spotters have not reported any funnel clouds on the ground.

10:24 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Warning for an area including including Healdton, Wilson and Ringling, Oklahoma until 10:45. A warning for the Healdton area was extended until 10:45 and a new warning was issued for Coal County until 11 p.m.

10:18 p.m. The National Weather Service issues a Tornado Warning for an area including including Healdton, Wilson and Ringling, Oklahoma until 10:45 p.m.

10:14 p.m. A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is issued for Carter County, Oklahoma, until 11 p.m.; expect ping-pong size hail and wind gusts to 60 mph.

10:11 p.m. "It looks like it's headed directly to the Bromide area," meteorologist Joe Puma said.

10:04 p.m. A tornado is confirmed on the ground at Highway 7 and Bromide Road, just west of Bromide, moving to the north and east. 

10:03 p.m. Emergency officials in Ada urge residents to stay off the streets due to heavy rain and flooding.

10:00 p.m. A new TORNADO WARNING has been issued for an area including Wapanucka, Bromide, and Clarita, Oklahoma until 10:30 p.m.

9:47 p.m. Storm spotter Doug Drace reports observing a large wall cloud one mile north of the intersection of Highway 377 and Highway 7, which is about 8 miles north of Tishomingo.

9:43 p.m. Heavy flooding reported now in Ada. A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Garvin and Stephens counties in Oklahoma.

Storm clouds between Ada and Roff. / Courtesy Genesis Guzman

Storm clouds on the road between Roff and Ada. / Courtesy Genesis Guzman

9:43 p.m. Confirmed tornado near Tishomingo near the intersection of Highway 377 and Highway 7.

9:39 p.m. "Another wall cloud has been reported just north of Milburn in Johnston County," Chief Meteorologist Alan Mitchell said. "A tornado was confirmed at 9:32, about two miles northwest of Tishomingo," he added.

9:30 p.m. A new TORNADO WARNING has been issued for an area in Johnston County, including Tishomingo, Radia and Milburn, Oklahoma until 10 p.m. "It has strong rotation," Drace reported. The National Weather Service said golf ball-size hail can be expected.

9:15 p.m. The tornado warning will be allowed to expire, but a tornado watch continues in effect for much of the Texoma region until 11 p.m.

9:09 p.m. Storm chaser Doug Drace reports a circulation developing near Reagan, Oklahoma

9:03 p.m. Spotters reported a funnel in the area of the current tornado warning near Connerville; the possible tornado is now east of Mill Creek, tracking toward Highway 377 near the intersection of Highway 7; it's starting to intensify quite a bit, Chief Meteorologist Alan Mitchell said, adding that the storms have also dumped up to 6 inches of precipitation on parts of Texoma.

9:00 p.m.The storm is moving toward Pontotoc. Severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for a wide swath of southern Oklahoma.

8:57 p.m. Storm chaser Doug Drace is keeping tabs on the storm from a position 3 miles south-southeast of Mill Creek.

8:53 p.m. This storm in Johnston County is moving northeast at 25 mph. It will pass just north of Tishomingo. The storm is moving across Highway 1 toward Highway 377.

8:52 p.m. A rain-wrapped wall cloud shows indications of tornadic activity near Mill Creek, Oklahoma. The warning area effective through 9:15 p.m. includes Connerville.

8:30 p.m. All tornado warnings in the Texoma area have now expired.

8:24 p.m. So far, we've had no reports of damage from the areas where the storm has been passing.

8:20 p.m. The TORNADO WARNING continues through 8:30 p.m. for Mill Creek and Hickory, Oklahoma.

8:14 p.m. This very dangerous storm is now moving toward Mill Creek with rotation still evident.

Storm clouds approch Roff, Oklahoma

Storm clouds approach Roff, Oklahoma. / Photo courtesy John Paul Goodridge

8:12 p.m. The storm near Ada is producing 70 mph wind gusts and quarter-size hail as it moves toward McAlester.

8:05 p.m. Radar indicates rotation near Drake and Nebo along Highway 177.

8:02 p.m. Another storm near Ada could be generating very high wind and hail, KTEN meteorologist Joe Puma said.

7:59 p.m."You have got a massive wall cloud, and it's rotating," Drace said from a location near the intersection of Highways 53 and 177. near Ardmore Municipal Airport. "This wall cloud is easily one mile across."

Storm clouds west o fArdmore

Dramatic storm clouds Friday night west of Ardmore. / Photo courtesy Kolton Henley

7:56 p.m. A new TORNADO WARNING from the National Weather Service includes Mill Creek, Dougherty and Hickory, Oklahoma until 8:30 p.m.

7:53 p.m. We're still seeing some circulation on radar near the towns of Gene Autry and Dougherty.

7:51 p.m. Warning sirens are sounding in Davis.

7:47 p.m. Drace said it appears that Dougherty could be in line for the storm.

7:46 p.m. "It looks like it could track very near Gene Autry," Chief Meteorologist Alan Mitchell said.

7:44 p.m. The circulation center is just north of Highway 53 and east of Highway 77, that's north of Springer.

Dark skies near Springer

Storm clouds near Springer. / Courtesy Jake Bramlett

7:40 p.m. "It is a large tornado, about 100 yards wide, completely shrouded in rain," Drace reported.

7:37 p.m. Funnel cloud crosses I-35 at the south edge of the Arbuckle Mountains. Drace reports strong rotation.

7:34 p.m. "It's almost like the storm is anchoring," Drace said as he watched the tornado developing near Springer.


Earlier, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for most of Texoma through 11 p.m. Friday.

Primary threats include:

  • Possible tornadoes
  • Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
  • Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2.5 inches in diameter possible

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management reported storms Thursday night and Friday morning damaged 20 to 25 homes in the Pontotoc County community of Stonewall, suffering extensive damage from downed trees and power lines.

KTEN viewer Tiffany Steele shared this photo showing a tree that toppled in front of a residence in Stonewall:

Trees down in Stonewall, Oklahoma.

More than 500 customers in Ada and Dale, Oklahoma were also blacked out late Friday morning.

KTEN meteorologist Joe Puma said the storms on Friday afternoon and into the overnight hours could drop an additional 1 to 2 inches of rainfall, and the National Weather Service issued flood advisories for most of Texoma on Friday.

The good news? Sunday is expected to be a beautiful day, with sunny skies and highs in the upper 70s, Puma said.

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