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Rain comes to Oklahoma City metro-area, much of state

Widespread rainfall has brought needed rain to drought areas in much of Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City metro, but eastern parts of the state reported flooding Sunday evening.
BY MATT DINGER and MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: April 24, 2011 at 8:27 pm •  Published: April 24, 2011

The first widespread rain of the season finally came Sunday, causing flash flooding in eastern parts of the state during the afternoon and evening hours.

Water was covering areas of Interstate 40 in Sequoyah County, and numerous county roads were flooded leaving cars stranded in the evening, authorities reported to the weather service.

Adair County law officers reported several water rescues in Watts and Westville, and McIntosh County emergency management reported Checotah Middle School buildings were flooded about 7 p.m.

A swift water rescue in Poteau was under way just before 8 p.m., Le Flore County emergency management reported.

Several U.S. and state highways also were closed in Okmulgee County in the evening because of flash flooding, officials said.

County roads near Haskell in Muskogee County also were reported flooded and impassable by law officers in the afternoon.

Tornado warnings

A tornado warning was issued in Haskell, northern LeFlore, and southern Sequoyah counties about 5:45 p.m. by the National Weather Service in Tulsa, but no tornado or damage was reported with that storm, meteorologist Mark Austin said.

Storm spotters saw four funnel clouds pass overhead, but they never reached the ground, Pittsburg County emergency manager Trent Myers said. There was a report of part of a barn lying on the side of a road, Myers said.

A tornado watch was issued for Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw, Coal, Haskell, Johnston, Latimer, LeFlore, McCurtain, Marshall, Pittsburg, Pushmataha and Sequoyah counties until early Monday.

Measurable rainfall

Most of the state saw measurable rainfall Sunday, including from three-quarters of an inch to a little over an inch in the Oklahoma City metro area, according to the National Weather Service and Oklahoma Mesonet. Only far northwestern and southeastern Oklahoma didn't see rain Sunday.

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