The severe weather streak moving through Oklahoma late Sunday and Monday triggered at least two tornadoes and triggered a wave of warnings, according to a weather spokesman. There were no immediate reports of injury or death.
The first tornado was reported about three miles north-northwest of Gore, Oklahoma, in Sequoia County, according to 4029 News, a local television station in Arkansas. The second tornado was reported after midnight about six miles south of Jay, a small town near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
A possible tornado was also reported in Cowet, a suburb southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma, according to local television station NewsOn6. The hurricane damaged homes, a gas station and a high school.
“Hide from this storm now!” National Weather Service in Tulsa warned, reporting that the storm is intensifying and that a devastating tornado has been confirmed on radar.
Cowet Public Schools canceled face-to-face and virtual classes on Monday and said school grounds would be surveyed for storm damage.
By 9 pm, Oklahoma Gas & Electric reported that more than 10,000 customers in the state were without electricity, according to Oklahoman. By early Monday, that number had dropped to 5,400 customers.
Earlier on Sunday, the Tulsa National Weather Service warned residents to prepare for the approaching severe weather. In the evening, the meteorological service reported that one county had hail up to two inches in diameter.
During Sunday evening, violent storms brought harsh weather, including lightning and heavy rain, to parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, where storms closed early for the Dallas State Fair.
By early Monday, showers and storms continued to northeast Oklahoma, the weather service said. Some of the storms can cause gusty winds and heavy downpours.
“Be aware of the ongoing flooding and turn around, do not drown if you encounter flooding on the roadway,” the agency said in a statement.
The Meteorological Service said flash flood surveillance was in effect until 7 a.m. local time on Monday in areas in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri. Heavy rainfall was expected until Monday morning, up to 2.25 inches, and in some cases up to 4 inches.