Oklahoma City-area twisters leave path of destruction

Oklahoman Modified: May 11, 2010 at 7:46 pm •  Published: May 11, 2010

6 tornadoes reported

At least four storms produced six or more tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area alone, said Mike Foster, meteorologist in charge with the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office.

In addition, there were tornadoes from border to border, with some near the Kansas line and some near the Red River. Foster said he did not know the total Monday night.

Hail as large as 4 inches in diameter fell in parts of the state. Foster said there is a slight risk of thunderstorms today and the possibility of another round of strong thunderstorms Wednesday.

Foster’s office will be sending teams out to assess the damage.

The storms weren’t unexpected, and meteorologists had been sounding the warning since last week.

"On Monday afternoon a strong jet stream extended from the Pacific northwest across southern California into the southern Plains,” Foster said. "An intense upper level storm in the jet stream was over the Texas Panhandle.

"This storm developed a surface low pressure system over northwest Oklahoma with a warm front across central Oklahoma and a dry line across western Oklahoma. Storms formed along the dry line by midafternoon and became tornadoes as they approached and crossed the warm front late in the afternoon.”

Water limits requested
After storms damaged facilities on two Oklahoma lakes, two city utility crews are asking residents to ration water.

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