UPDATE: Damage, power outages still being reported as residents clean up after storms; more severe weather possible Wednesday

Heavy rain fell overnight up to 2 inches an hour and two substantial fires were reported. More severe weather is possible Wednesday.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 30, 2012 at 6:33 pm •  Published: May 30, 2012

10:50 a.m.: Severe weather is possible Wednesday afternoon in northwestern parts of Oklahoma and storms could move into central parts of the state in the evening hours. Storms could start midafternoon across northern and western Oklahoma and sweep south and east. Baseball-size hail and winds gusts 75 mph are possible. People should cancel outdoor plans and pay attention to weather information and updates, the National Weather Service reports.

9:50 a.m.: Nearly 27,000 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. customers remain without electricity systemwide. That number includes just shy of 26,000 customers in the Oklahoma City area.

9:30 a.m.: Fire officials in Edmond are reporting major fire damage to a hotel on Broadway. The early morning fire at Stratford House Inns, 3020 S Broadway, damaged about 90 percent of the roof, Maj. Kelly Lewis said. Hotel guests had to be evacuated when the fire broke out, Lewis said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

8:50 a.m.: A flood advisory for central Oklahoma has been extended to 9:45 a.m., the National Weather Service reports Wednesday morning. More than 27,000 electric customers in the Oklahoma City area and more than 28,000 customers system wide for Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. are without power.

7:10 a.m.: Heavy rain with hail is hitting Bethany. People near Mueller Avenue are advised to stay in vehicles and inside buildings, according to Bethany police radio reports.

6:35 a.m.: Redrock Canyon Grill, 9221 Lake Hefner Parkway, was possibly hit by lightning about 12:10 a.m. Wednesday, said fire Deputy Chief Marc Woodward. Firefighters arrived and found a small fire that quickly spread into the roof and a third alarm was sounded, Woodward said. “It is a good possibility lightning hit it,” Woodard said. The fire caused significant damage, but a dollar amount is not yet available. The building and contents are worth nearly $2 million.

6:30 a.m.: There are now over 39,000 Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. customers system wide without electricity, the OG&E website shows. Of those, more than 37,000 customers are in the Oklahoma City area.

6:05 a.m.: Firefighters rescued a woman from a vehicle that is stranded in high water at SW 44 and S Walker Avenue. Walker is being shut down between SW 44 and SW 39 at 6:05 a.m., according to Oklahoma City police radio reports.

5:55 a.m.: Northbound Broadway Extension is becoming impassable due to high water that is rising underneath the NW 50 bridge, according to Oklahoma City police radio reports. People are urged not to drive into high water across central Oklahoma as heavy rain continues Wednesday morning.

5:55 a.m.: More than 30,000 central Oklahoma electric customers are without power Wednesday morning, Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. reports.

5:50 a.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for southwest Oklahoma City, south Oklahoma City and Valley Brook. High winds, lightning and hail are headed across the south side of Oklahoma City, the National Weather Service reports.

5:20 a.m.: Oklahoma County is under a flood advisory from the National Weather Service Wednesday morning.

Heavy rain in Oklahoma City is continuing at 5:30 a.m.

Up to 2 inches of rain fell in an hour, the weather service reports.

Urban drainage canals, creeks, streams and rivers are prone to minor flooding until about 7:15 a.m., the weather service reports.

Areas included in the advisory are West Elm Creek, North Fork of Little River, Crooked Oak Creek, Lightning Creek and Twin Creek. The Oklahoma River is also included in the advisory.

Here is the forecast for the Oklahoma City area:

Wednesday: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms mainly before 7 a.m. Some of the storms could be severe. Mostly cloudy with a high near 88. East, southeast wind between 9 and 17 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Wednesday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some storms could be severe with large hail and damaging winds. Mostly cloudy with a low around 63. Southeast wind 13 to 16 mph becoming northeast. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

Thursday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy with a high near 77. North, northwest wind between 11 and 21 mph with gusts as high as 29 mph.

Thursday Night: Partly cloudy with a low around 53. North, northwest wind between 9 and 17 mph with gusts as high as 24 mph.

Friday: Mostly sunny with a high near 74. Northwest wind between 9 and 13 mph.

Friday Night: Partly cloudy with a low around 57.

Saturday: Mostly sunny with a high near 83.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy with a low around 66.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy with a low around 70.

Monday: Mostly sunny with a high near 87.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy with a low around 68.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 90.


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