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Oklahoma Severe Storm Updates

Read about severe storm updates, road closings and travel conditions below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and meteorologists.

FROM LOCAL REPORTS Modified: May 19, 2013 at 3:57 pm •  Published: May 19, 2013
Photo via Mike Prendergast of SkyWatcherMedia.com.
Photo via Mike Prendergast of SkyWatcherMedia.com.

Several tornadoes touched down across the state Sunday, leaving debris and downed trees scattered across roads and front yards.

The Associated Press reports at least four separate tornadoes touched down in central Oklahoma late Sunday afternoon, including the one near the town of Shawnee, 35 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, that laid waste to much of a mobile home park.

Today's first tornado was reported earlier on the ground at 15th and Coltrane in Edmond. The National Weather Service reports that the tornado dissipated at 4:30 p.m. A second one then touched down in the area at the same time.

The total number of tornadoes that touched down today across central Oklahoma is unknown at this time. More information will be available after the storms are examined by the National Weather Service.

Read about severe storm updates, road closings and travel conditions below. The following tweets are from reporters, state officials and meteorologists.

NewsOK 2:10 p.m. Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management Emergency Operation Center is at Level 3 (Increased Preparedness)
NewsOK 2:15 p.m. 56 counties in Oklahoma in Tornado Watch until 11 p.m.
NewsOK 2:27 p.m. From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office:
Another busy afternoon and evening expected across parts of Oklahoma and western, north Texas with strong to severe storms. The dryline continues to work toward central Oklahoma and most short range models show development mainly near and north of the Oklahoma City metro this afternoon. A sounding continued to show significant capping inversion in place, which is expected to keep storm development isolated. However, with the amount of instability present and favorable wind fields any storms that do develop will likely become severe. Storms should move north and east of the area by late evening with much of the overnight relatively quiet.
NewsOK 2:38 p.m. This is Bryan Painter of The Oklahoma, working from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office. Here's a recap of what has happened so far this afterooon. The Storm Prediction Center at 2:15 p.m. issued a Tornado Watch for 56 Oklahoma counties until 11 p.m. And then at 2:31 p.m., a significant weather advisory was issued for northeastern Woodward and centeral Woods counties until 3 p.m.
NewsOK 3:07 p.m. 3 p.m. By Bryan Painter, The Oklahoman: Just visited with Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist, here in the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office. Smith said, "Well we're starting to see the first signs of thunderstorms developing west of the Oklahoma City Metro area. We're seeing some developing clouds out there that would be the first stages of thunderstorm development and the first echoes on radar, so we're very concerned about those, the location of those, out along and west of Highway 81. We don't think the dryline is going to move much farther east, so any storms that develop would be on track to move into the I-35 corridor and they would have plenty time to intensify and mature before they did that. The tornado watch is in effect and we want everybody to be paying very close attention. We're not expecting a lot of storms, there may only be a handful of storms, but remember it only takes one and we're thinking those storms, if they develop and continue to move toward the northeast, they'll be impacting the I-35 corridor maybe 4:30 to 5 o'clock in that time frame, so you certainly want to be looking out west and watching for that."
NewsOK 3:17 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning Woods and Alfalfa counties
NewsOK 3:43 p.m. Tornado warning Canadian, Logan, Oklahoma counties
NewsOK 3:44 p.m. Again, Tornado warning Canadian, Logan, Oklahoma Counties
NewsOK 3:49 p.m. AGAIN, Tornado warning Canadian, Logan, Oklahoma counties. at 3:49 pm NWS detected a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. The storm was located near Piedmont moving northeast at 30 mph.
NewsOK 3:54 p.m. Just want to keep reminding you of Tornado Warning for Canadian, Logan, Oklahoma Counties!

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