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Severe thunderstorm watch in effect in eastern Oklahoma

by Silas Allen Published: July 23, 2014
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The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several counties in eastern Oklahoma Wednesday. The watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Affected counties are:

ADAIR

ATOKA

BRYAN

CHEROKEE

CHOCTAW

COAL

CREEK

DELAWARE

HASKELL

HUGHES

JOHNSTON

LATIMER

LE FLORE

MAYES

MCCURTAIN

MCINTOSH

MUSKOGEE

OKFUSKEE

OKMULGEE

OTTAWA

PITTSBURG

PONTOTOC

POTTAWATOMIE

PUSHMATAHA

ROGERS

SEMINOLE

SEQUOYAH

TULSA

WAGONER

From the National Weather Service:

.NOW… AT 3:00 PM…NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED AN AREA OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS… RACING TOWARD THE SOUTH AT AROUND 60 MPH ACROSS PARTS OF EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA AND WEST CENTRAL ARKANSAS.

THROUGH 4:30 PM… THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TO RAPIDLY MOVE INTO SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA WITH WIND GUSTS OF 60 AND 70 MPH LIKELY IN SOME LOCATIONS. ADDITIONALLY… BRIEF MODERATE TO HEAVY RAINFALL OR SMALL HAIL MAY OCCUR. FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING WILL LIKELY ACCOMPANY THE STRONGEST CELLS… AS THEY QUICKLY MOVE SOUTH.

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR MUCH OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND WESTERN ARKANSAS UNTIL 8 PM CDT WEDNESDAY.

by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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