Severe weather updates

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

by Bryan Painter Modified: April 17, 2013 at 12:28 pm •  Published: April 17, 2013

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

Bryan Painter 2:37 p.m. From the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office here in Norman. If storm can maintain progression close to boundary position and not become elevated north of warm front, may affect areas near Fort Cobb and make way into western portions of the Oklahoma City metro 5 to 6 p.m.. Areas toward Hobart, and eventually Wasita and Caddo counties need to be diligent.
Bryan Painter 2:47 p.m. Earlier Rick Smith of the National Weather Service had said they would like to see multiple storms in western Oklahoma that would take away from threat of tornadoes. That didn't happen. "The storms that we saw between noon and 2 were the storms in northern Oklahoma which were north of the warm front, which didn't really help us out when it comes to the dangerous storms we're seeing develop over southwest Oklahoma. Those storms in southwest Oklahoma are intensifying and those are the ones that have the highest potential for tornadoes and to be really dangerous storms."
The timeline for the Oklahoma City is roughly (and this may change) on the western sides of the metro 5 to 6 p.m.
Bryan Painter 3:23 p.m. This is one of those "mutli-seasons at one time" in Oklahoma. At 3:15 p.m. Boise City in the Panhandle was just a few degrees above freezing at 36 degrees. However in far southeastern Oklahoma, it was 84 degrees at Broken Bow and Idabel. Rick Smith of the National Weather Service, Norman commented a few minutes ago about a report of rain mixed with snow near Gotebo.
Bryan Painter 3:44 p.m. At about 3:35 p.m. the National Weather Service received a report of mostly quarter but a few half-dollar size hail. The half dollar is the largest size reported so far today in the National Weather Service, Norman coverage area. At 3:42 p.m. received a report of ping pong ball size hail 7 miles south of Tipton.
Bryan Painter 3:47 p.m. Talks of a ragged structure wall cloud with slow rotation 6.5 miles west of Frederick in southwestern Oklahoma.
Bryan Painter 3:55 p.m. This would be a good time to park your car inside if it isn\'t already. A stationary front extends from just north of Fort Cobb to Yukon to Edmond and Perkins, according to the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office. This particular storm will be primarily a marginally severe size hail producer for western/northern parts of Oklahoma City metro 4 to 5:30 p.m. UPDATE at 3:57 p.m. a significant weather advisory was issued for southeast Blaine, southwest Kingfisher, northern Caddo and northwest Canadian counties.
Bryan Painter 4:31 p.m. I just talked with Rick Smith, National Weather Service, Norman warning coordination meteorologist about what people should keep in mind as they are getting off work today. "Right now we don't have a storm in the immediate area, the Oklahoma City metro," he said at 4:20 p.m. "The closest storm would be down west of Lawton. You still want to keep a close eye, check for the very latest information before you leave the office, before you set out on the road. We could have other thunderstorms developing ahead of that, but right now we don't have a storm in the immediate area. Again, that could change between now and 6 o'clock for people who are getting off later." Smith said the potential for tornadoes may go up just a little as these storms keep going toward the east and even as we get into the evening. "Nothing has changed our thinking since this morning," Smith said.
Bryan Painter 4:34 p.m. Tornado warning for Frederick storm!
Bryan Painter 4:35 p.m. Tornado Warning issued for Comanche, Cotton and Tillman counties until 5:15 p.m. At 4:30 the storm was located 6 miles north of Hollister moving northeast at 25 mph.
Bryan Painter 4:56 p.m. It looks as though the most dangerous part of that Frederick storm will be at Lawton by 5:30 pm, according to meteorologists at the National Weather Service, Norman. Don't wait until that time to pay attention to it. This is lead time to prepare, just in case.
NewsOK 4:58 p.m. The tornado warning for northwestern Cotton County has been canceled, according to NWS Norman.
Bryan Painter 4:59 p.m. The Tornado Warning continues for Comanche and Tillman counties. At 4:49 the storm was 6 miles northwest of Chattanooga moving northeast at 25 mph.
Also at 5 p.m., quarter size hail is being reported at Duke.
Bryan Painter 5:03 p.m. If you live in Lawton, just be ready in case a tornado does develop. Not saying it will, but know where you want to be.
Bryan Painter 5:09 p.m. To recap this afternoon, the first Severe Thunderstorm Warning was issued at 1:55 p.m. in southwestern Oklahoma and there have been warnings throughout much of the three hours since. The first tornado warning of the day was issued at 4:34 p.m. for Comanche, Cotton, Tillman counties.
Bryan Painter 5:11 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Canadian County in central Oklahoma until 6 p.m.
Bryan Painter 5:12 p.m. From here in the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office: "We are considering letting the tornado warning expire for the storm SW of Lawton. Tornadic potential for the second storm near Tipton may be increasing."
Bryan Painter 5:20 p.m. 6 miles southwest of Tipton, funnel three-fourths way to ground at 5:20 p.m.Tornado Warning coming for that storm. Tornado warning issued for Jackson, Kiowa, Tillman counties at 5:22 p.m. At 5:17 p.m.this dangerous storm was located 5 miles south of Tipton, moving northeast at 25 mph.
Bryan Painter 5:27 p.m. May be going Tornado Warning on Lawton storm. Just prepare now in case.
Bryan Painter 5:28 p.m. Tornado Warning will be issued for Lawton area.
Bryan Painter 5:30 p.m. tornado appears imminent near Tipton based on velocity data, from National Weather Service, Norman.
Bryan Painter 5:37 p.m. Flash Flooding may be a concern in Comanche County. Rick Smith here at the National Weather Service, Norman said, \"Concerned about flash flooding in the Medicine Park area. Already received about 2 inches of rain from 1st storm, with more coming.\" Also at 5:37 p.m. there was golf ball size hail reported 3 miles northwest of Lake Lawtonka.
Bryan Painter 5:44 p.m. Tornado warning for Tillman County continues until 6 p.m. At 5:40 p.m. this very dangerous storm was 4 miles north of Frederick moving northeast at 25 mph.
Bryan Painter 5:49 p.m. New Tornado Warning for Manitou Storm. At 5:50 p.m., Tornado Warning for Comanche, Cotton, Tillman Counties, from the National Weather Service, Norman. At 5:44 p.m.the storm was near Manitou moving east at 30 mph.
Bryan Painter 5:56 p.m. That tornado warning for Comanche and Stephens Counties continues until 6:15 p.m. At 5:49 p.m. storm was near Fort Sill moving northeast at 25 mph.
Bryan Painter 6:12 p.m. Largest hail report so far, 6:10 pm tennis ball size hail 3 miles south of Elgin. And 5 miles west of Fletcher at 6:13 p.m., also a report of tennis ball size hail.
Bryan Painter 6:35 p.m. What about the Oklahoma City metro? Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman, said \"Well we\'ve got the leading edge of these thunderstorms that have been effecting the Lawton area, they are moving into the metro before 7 o\'clock and then those will continue to effect the area through much of the evening. The front that\'s been sitting over the area this morning has kind of moved south just a little bit this evening, putting most of Oklahoma County and most of the Oklahoma City area in the cold air which is going to limit the tornado potential with these. So it\'s looking like for the metro area, tornado potential is lower for now. Obviously we\'re watching to be sure that boundary doesn\'t lift back to the north, it\'s close, but we\'re hopeful that it\'s going to lower that tornado potential this evening.\"
Bryan Painter 6:46 p.m. Tornado warning Comanche County
Bryan Painter 6:48 p.m. Tornado warning Comanche County until 7:15 p.m.
Bryan Painter 6:50 p.m. Report of debris in air far west side of Lawton.
Bryan Painter 6:50 p.m. Now a tornado warning for Caddo and Grady counties!
Bryan Painter 6:55 p.m. Power flashes southwest Lawton reported.
Bryan Painter 7:02 p.m. Tornado Warning continues for Comanche County. Report of damage at Goodyear Plant in Lawton. This was reported to National Weather Service Norman.
Bryan Painter 7:05 p.m. At 6:56 p.m. a thunderstorm with a history of producing tornadoes was located near Fort Sill moving northeast at 30 mph.
Bryan Painter 7:22 p.m. Rick Smith, here at the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office said, "No tornado warnings in effect at this time. Boundary has stalled again across the south OKC metro, lying very close."
Bryan Painter 7:26 p.m. Rick Smith here at the National Weather Service, Norman said, "No tornado warnings in effect at this time. Boundary has stalled again on the south side of the OKC metro, evident on a loop of the TDWR reflectivity data lying very near the Moore-Norman city limits. Norman mesonet 76/64 with strong SE winds. Chickasha storm was undercut north of the boundary, but as this storm moves into better air over N McClain and Cleveland counties, will need to monitor trends very very closely. Tornado threat remains for the south metro."
Bryan Painter 7:28 p.m. Baseball size hail 6 miles west of Fletcher, 7:24 p.m.
Bryan Painter 7:30 p.m. Tornado development is possible in the Oklahoma City metro area. Watch closely.
Bryan Painter 7:34 p.m. Tornado Threat is not over especially for the south Oklahoma City metro, said Rick Smith, National Weather Service, Norman.
Bryan Painter 7:36 p.m. If severe weather would force the staff here at the National Weather Service, Norman to seek shelter, the National Weather Service, Tulsa has been contacted and they would back up Norman.
NewsOK 7:37 p.m. No injuries have been reported from the tornado, according to a police dispatcher for Lawton-Fort Sill.
Bryan Painter 7:39 p.m. Tornado Elgin, power flashes near Sterling.
NewsOK 7:44 p.m. The Goodyear plant sustained roof damage, and an outbuilding at the plant was destroyed, Comanche County spokesman Jacob Russell said.
Bryan Painter 7:46 p.m. Rick Smith of the National Weather Service, Norman said, \"Again we\'ve been tracking this front all day long and it\'s just kind of stuck, it\'s sitting kind of on the Moore, Norman city limits. And with storm that was down in the Chickasha area, it weakened and didn\'t really do a lot as far as tornadoes in the Chickasha area because it was back in the cold air. As it\'s moving toward the northeast it\'s going to move back into the warmer air when it gets into northern McClain and Cleveland counties. So we\'re going to be watching that very closely as it moves into south parts of the City of Norman, over toward Lake Thunderbird and then points east. So the tornado threat is not over, especially for the south Oklahoma City metro.\"
NewsOK 7:50 p.m. Comanche County Damage by Area:

- Indiahoma reported no damage
- Cache reported no damage
- Medicine Park reported heavy rain and flooding through houses. No other damage
- Wichita Mountain Estates Reported no damage but high potential for flooding is there
- Elgin reported no damage
- Porter Hill reported flooding by Tacklebox Road
- Lawton has numerous power lines down on west side at the Goodyear Plant
- Comanche County District 3 reported windows blown out and hail damage to vehicles
- Ft. Sill reported no damage
Bryan Painter 7:57 p.m. 7:55 quarter size hail north side of Newcastle!
Bryan Painter 8:02 p.m. Medicine Park 6.16 inches of rain since midnight.
Bryan Painter 8:08 p.m. Issuing tornado warning for storm south of Frederick
Bryan Painter 8:11 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warning for Oklahoma, Cleveland Counties
NewsOK 8:30 p.m. SH 49 Medicine Park is closed due to flooding. Avoid the area. Roadblocks are being put up at Westlake and Granite roads.
NewsOK 8:41 p.m. NWS Norman: Very strong indications of a tornado. Loveland and Grandfield should take cover now!
NewsOK 8:42 p.m. Four people were trapped in a mobile home that was blown off its foundation between Elgin and Sterling in Comanche County, but they were rescued and none of them were hurt, said spokesman Jacob Russell.
Bryan Painter 8:45 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Lincoln, Oklahoma counties
Bryan Painter 8:56 p.m. These storms today have produced some very large hail. Tennis ball size hail north of Rush Springs. Earlier we had baseball size hail at Fletcher and Cache.
NewsOK 9:01 p.m. From the American Red Cross: At this time, the Red Cross encourages folks to sign up on Safe and Well to notify family and friends of their safety. This is a fast and easy way to get the word out.

Here is the link to the site. http://www.redcross.org/find-help/contact-family/register-safe-listing
Bryan Painter 9:05 p.m. From National Weather Service, Norman, "Will likely be re-issuing the tornado warning for Cotton County. Likely tornado passed between Loveland and Grandfield."
Bryan Painter 9:11 p.m. Rick Smith, National Weather Service, said, "If there is a tornado, it will be crossing the HE Bailey Turnpike north of Randlett and south of the Walters rest stop/mcDonalds in Cotton County."
NewsOK 9:12 p.m. NWS Norman issues tornado warning for central Cotton County in southwest Oklahoma until 10 p.m.
NewsOK 9:31 p.m. Read more: Tornadoes, baseball-size hail reported in southwest Oklahoma http://newsok.com/article/3787083
NewsOK 9:41 p.m. In Oklahoma City, firefighters are battling two tank battery fires caused by lightning strikes. The first is in the 1200 block of NE 12. The second is in the 500 block of Bryant Avenue and the smell of propane is in the air, according to fire radio traffic. No injuries have been reported.
Bryan Painter 9:57 p.m. Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman, said, "Well we saw the supercells develop in southwest Oklahoma, and once they got their act together and really got going, saw lots of large hail reports. We had hail as large as baseballs reported in some areas. We've had at least three tornadoes probably, I don't know the exact number, fortunately no reports of any serious damage or injuries.
"Then the storms that have moved through central Oklahoma have produced a lot of hail and wind, mainly hail, and now we're looking at some flooding. So we've had a little bit of everything for the last seven hours or so."
The threat for severe weather would continue into the night for some areas of the state, Smith said.
Please continue to monitor the weather on your weather radio overnight.
NewsOK 10:13 p.m. Comanche County Damage by Area:

- Indiahoma reported no damage
- Cache reported no damage
- Medicine Park reported heavy rain and flooding through houses. No other damage
- Wichita Mountain Estates Reported no damage but high potential for flooding is there
- Elgin reported no damage
- Porter Hill reported flooding by Tacklebox Road
- Lawton has numerous power lines down on west side at the Goodyear Plant
- Comanche County District 3 reported windows blown out and hail damage to vehicles
- Ft. Sill reported no damage

Flooding/Closed:

- Little Bear Loop neighborhood in Elgin is flooded
- Comanche County crews are heading to Medicine Park to open roads closed by debris and rock
from dropped from the mountain side.
- Shady Lane neighborhood in Cache is being evacuated at this time. Unknown number of homes
- Porter Hill is flooded
- The Comanche Spur Casino is taking in water and beginning to flood. Power is out
- East Lake and West Lake in Medicine Park are impassable due to debris on the roads
- Numerous other side roads within the county are impassable at this time
- Holsey Acres Road is closed in front of 26199. Bridge is gone
- Cache Road and Gore in Indiahoma is facing major flooding
- Porter Hill Creek is flooded
- High water on Meers/Porter just west out of Elgin is high after and impassable
- Fletcher at I44 overpass have high water
- 277 and Glover Road is flooded and impassable
- Water crossing the road on West E Avenue in Cache
- The intersection of Gore and Airport Road is flooded
- Wolf Road east of Highway 49 is flooded
- Madische Road is closed
- Stony Creek Road is closed
- County Line Road, east and west of Stony Creek Road is closed
- King Road east of Stoney Creek is closed
- Meers Porter Hill, east of Trail Road, is closed
- Trail Road has high water
- Northern part of Comanche County is facing severe flooding.

* ALL MOTORIST NEED TO STAY OF THE ROAD*
by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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