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Tornadoes, baseball-size hail reported in southwest Oklahoma

Four tornadoes touched down in southwest Oklahoma on Wednesday. Some damage was reported to the Goodyear plant in Lawton, according to the National Weather Service. No injuries were reported with any of the tornadoes.
by Matt Dinger Modified: April 17, 2013 at 11:20 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013

Fewer than 1,000 Oklahoma City customers were without power following the storms, according to the OG&E SystemWatch website.

In Norman, a father and his two children — ages 1 and 7 — were rescued when their vehicle was stuck in high water, fire Deputy Chief Jim Bailey said.

About 9:30 p.m., the family was just west of the intersection of 48th Avenue NW and Robinson Avenue when the vehicle became stuck in about a foot of water on the road. No one was injured, and firefighters gave the family a ride home on a rig, Bailey said.

Baseball-sized hail also was reported with the storms in Cache and Fletcher, which are also in Comanche County. Hailstones the size of ping-pong and golf balls were reported with the storm system in Comanche, Harmon, Jackson and Kiowa counties.

Heavy rainfall also was reported in southwest Oklahoma, which caused flash flooding in some areas.

As of 10:30 p.m., Medicine Park reported 6.56 inches of rain, Apache recorded 4.32 inches, 3.18 inches of rainfall was measured in Chickasha, and 2.56 inches fell on Ninnekah, according to the Mesonet.

Some homes were reported flooded in Medicine Park, Russell said. State Highway 49 was closed due to flooding and roadblocks were set up on local roads, according to the state transportation department.

Rick Smith, warning coordination meteorologist with the National Weather Service, Norman, said, “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 was expected to continue into the night for some areas of the state, Smith said.

The forecast for Thursday in Oklahoma City is partly cloudy with a high of 50 degrees and an overnight low of 31 degrees, according to the weather service.

CONTRIBUTING: Bryan Painter, Staff Writer

by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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