A tornado was confirmed in southwestern Oklahoma on Monday afternoon, and there were reports of several more with the storm.
The tornado appears to have touched down near the Texas state line and moved northeast across the Wichita Mountain Refuge and toward the Fort Cobb reservoir.
Tornado warnings were allowed to expire by 6 p.m. Evidence of one tornado had been confirmed, but the National Weather Service will continue to investigate and several more confirmations are likely, meteorologist Forrest Mitchell said.
Reports of 65 mph wind gusts and hail the size of golf balls were widely reported with the storms, which stretched across several counties at a time, he said.
A tornado watch continues until 9 p.m. for Beckham, Blaine, Caddo, Canadian, Comanche, Cotton, Custer, Dewey, Garfield, Grady, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Jackson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Tillman, and Washita counties.
In Tillman County, a farmhouse southeast of Tipton was damaged, emergency manager Randy Hasley said. The family hid in the cellar and no one was injured.
“It looked like the house may have taken a glancing blow,” Hasley said.
An Oklahoma State University farm experiment south of Tipton was damaged, but no one was at the site.
Dairy barns were hit about seven miles west of Frederick. Some animals and hay bales were lost, but the main structures remain intact, he said.
“It didn't hit the main ones. There was tin, hay and everything else. It was a pretty big one there. It could have done several million dollars worth of damage if it hit the dairy straight on,” Hasley said.
One garage was damaged in Kiowa County, Oklahoma Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said.
During heavy rain and persistent storms, Sulphur firefighters rescued nine people from flooded homes Sunday night.
Pete Haines, fire marshal for the Sulphur Fire Department, said four homes were evacuated within three blocks of W 10 and W Tulsa Street due to flooding.
Knee-deep in water, Haines and other firefighters helped walk residents out of their homes.
“Some people took clothes and personal items. The rest were left with the clothes on their backs,” Haines said.
Sunday night and Monday morning rains caused the left field wall of the Sulphur High School girls' softball diamond to collapse, said Gary Jones, Sulphur Schools superintendent.
The metal wall caved in because of floodwaters that washed out soil around it, he said. There was a lot of water in the front lawn at the high school, but no water got into the building, Jones said.
Flash flooding was reported Monday in southern and south central Oklahoma.
Areas from Ringling to Sulphur reported 6 to 8 inches of rainfall, meteorologist John Pike said.
The forecast for Oklahoma City from the weather service is as follows:
Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms. Low around 60. South wind between 15 and 18 mph with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90 percent.
Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny with a high near 63. South, southeast wind 11 to 20 mph becoming west, northwest. Winds could gust as high as 29 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 36. Northwest wind between 15 and 18 mph.
Wednesday: Sunny with a high near 56. North, northwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.
Wednesday night: Clear with a low around 35.
Thursday: Sunny with a high near 60.
Thursday Night: Clear with a low around 36.
Veterans Day: Sunny with a high near 62.
Friday night: Partly cloudy with a low around 44.
Saturday: Partly sunny with a high near 66.
Saturday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy with a low around 52.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny and windy with a high near 67.