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  • Update: Garvin County tornado upgraded to EF-4

    Silas Allen | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    A deadly tornado that tore through Garvin County on Monday evening has been upgraded to an EF-4, the National Weather Service reported. National Weather Service survey teams were in southern Oklahoma on Tuesday morning surveying damage from Monday night's tornado near Wynnewood. One man,...

  • Oklahoma tornadoes: The Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale explained

    Oklahoma tornadoes: The Enhanced Fujita (EF)... Juliana Keeping | Updated: Wed, May 11, 2016

    What is the Enhanced Fujita scale? Let our pals at the National Weather Service explain how we measure the strength of tornadoes.  EF-0 Let's start with the basics and move on to the weakest rating out there today. You can't tell a tornado's strength, in the scientific...

  • Gov. Fallin declares state of emergency in 15 tornado-stricken counties

    Gov. Fallin declares state of emergency in 15... Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, May 10, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday declared a state of emergency in 15 counties affected by tornadoes and severe thunderstorms this week. The counties included in the declaration are Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Garvin, Johnson, Kay, McCurtain, Murray, Noble, Payne, Stephens and...

  • Floods swamp cars, overwhelm parking lots in Lawton

    Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, May 9, 2016

    LAWTON — A downpour Sunday evening flooded streets and parking lots and left cars submerged at Central Mall. Lawton received between 2-3 inches of rain Sunday night, according to estimates from the National Weather Service Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center. The rainfall came hard and...

  • Severe storms return to Oklahoma on Thursday night

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Apr 28, 2016

    Another round of severe weather is expected to sweep through Oklahoma late Thursday night and Friday, forecasters say. The National Weather Service predicts severe storms will reach far western Oklahoma by 7 p.m. Thursday. Southern Oklahoma can expect storms after midnight, and central...

  • Thousands without power Tuesday night in Oklahoma

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    More than 22,000 homes and businesses were without power Tuesday night after a series of powerful storms passed through the state, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. reported. The utility reported 16,030 outages in Oklahoma City shortly after 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Statewide, 22,477 homes and...

  • Strong storms, possible tornadoes expected by late afternoon

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Apr 26, 2016

    Powerful thunderstorms with large hail and possible tornadoes are expected to rumble into the Oklahoma City metro area by late Tuesday afternoon, forecasters predict. Vivek Mahale, a forecaster at the National Weather Service's Norman office, said storms are expected to sweep into Oklahoma on...

  • Tornadoes possible Tuesday in Oklahoma, forecasters say

    Tornadoes possible Tuesday in Oklahoma,... Silas Allen | Updated: Mon, Apr 25, 2016

    A round of severe storms passing through Oklahoma on Tuesday is expected to bring large hail and a chance of tornadoes, forecasters say. Severe storms are possible across central and western Oklahoma on Tuesday afternoon, evening and night, according to the National Weather Service's Norman...

  • The 10 deadliest Oklahoma tornadoes in recent history

    The 10 deadliest Oklahoma tornadoes in recent... Juliana Keeping | Updated: Thu, Apr 21, 2016

    The wild weather season has arrived.  Here's a look at the deadliest tornadoes to strike Oklahoma since 1875, as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and The Oklahoman. NOAA recommends death counts for the 1800s and early 1900s be treated as estimates since...

  • Climate scientists report record warmth for 11th straight month

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Apr 19, 2016

    Last month was the warmest March on record worldwide, scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Tuesday. That marks the 11th consecutive month of record-high temperatures the planet has seen, scientists said. Global temperature records date back to 1880. That...

  • Meteorologist: Oklahoma had 111 tornadoes last year, twice the annual average

    Meteorologist: Oklahoma had 111 tornadoes last... FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Wed, Apr 13, 2016

    Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office, chatted with readers Tuesday morning about warnings and preparation for severe weather and tornadoes. Below is a transcript of the chat.

  • LIVE: Severe storm updates

    LIVE: Severe storm updates FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    Follow live updates below as storms move across Oklahoma Monday:

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Silas Allen

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Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.