Northern counties added to Oklahoma tornado watch

A tornado watch is effective until late tonight in much of Oklahoma as more thunderstorms move across the state.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 11, 2010 at 10:09 pm •  Published: May 11, 2010

The National Weather Service allowed a tornado watch for parts of western and central Oklahoma to expire tonight, but a watch is active in northern parts of the state until 4 a.m. as thunderstorms continue to affect the area.

The watch is effective in Alfalfa, Garfield, Grant, Harper, Kay, Major, Noble, Woods and Woodward counties. A small but powerful storm was moving northeast near Waynoka about 10 p.m., weather service radar imagery showed. No other storms were visible.

Spotters reported tennis ball-sized hail near Hollis about 8:05 p.m. and up to baseball-sized hail near Woodward about 8:50 p.m.

Other thunderstorms could form over the northern third of the state overnight, forecasters said. Large hail, heavy rainfall and tornadoes are possible.

Power returning

At 10 p.m., about 8,000 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. customers still were without power, down from about 12,000 seven hours earlier. About 7,000 utility customers remained without power in the Oklahoma City area.

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