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  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    FROM LOCAL REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    Follow live updates below as storms move across Oklahoma Monday:

  • Let's talk about severe weather this spring

    Tiffany Gibson | Updated: Mon, Apr 11, 2016

    Have questions about severe weather? Join Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office, for a special weather chat on at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 12.  Readers will be able to submit their questions...

  • Woodward County fire spreads to nearly 90 square miles

    Silas Allen | Updated: Thu, Apr 7, 2016

    A fire in northwest Oklahoma had spread to nearly 90 square miles Thursday morning, state forestry officials reported. The wildfire, which forestry officials have dubbed the 350 Complex, covered about 57,440 acres early Thursday morning, said Hannah Anderson, a spokeswoman for Oklahoma...

  • Wildfire forces evacuation of northern Woodward County

    Silas Allen | Updated: Tue, Apr 5, 2016

    Part of northern Woodward County is being evacuated Tuesday afternoon as a wildfire rages in the area, the Woodward County Office of Emergency Management reported. // A red flag warning is in effect until 9 p.m. Tuesday for much of northern and western Oklahoma. Forecasters said that any fires...

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

    Silas Allen | Updated: Fri, Apr 1, 2016

    Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency Friday for seven counties affected by tornadoes and other severe storms earlier this week. The declaration, which covers Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Osage, Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties, allows state agencies to make emergency purchases and...

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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.