A line of severe thunderstorms Friday morning brought much needed relief to some and problems to others, as winds and rains pounded large parts of the state.
After suffering from months of drought that have decimated crops and drained lakes, parts of Oklahoma have finally started to see the amounts of rain needed to pull them out of the current dry spell.
Parts of Oklahoma City received 1.2 inches of rain since Thursday afternoon, adding to the more than four inches Oklahoma City saw over the past two weeks, according to the National Weather Service.
The northeast part of the state received the most rainfall in the past 10 days; Blackwell, Stillwater, Bristow and Porter all received more than five inches of rain in that time period.
“This is exactly what we need to alleviate those problems and hopefully there is more to come,” said Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. “It’s not going to end the drought completely, but every little bit helps.”
The outlook for the state was looking very bleak heading into the hottest and driest part of the year, McManus said. But the recent rain will really give everything a boost heading into the dry season.
“It was definitely one of the driest January-to-May periods on record,” he said. “Hopefully we get a little more rain so we can handle what’s next when the rains shut off and the heat starts in full force.”
More rain is being predicted for the weekend and into Monday and Tuesday, said Scott Curl, a forecaster with the National Weather Service.
Curl said he thinks this next batch of rain could be the best chance for southwestern Oklahoma to get any precipitation. The area has gotten some rain, but has missed out on the large totals the rest of the state has seen.
As the rain came pounding down Friday morning, so did the roof of Riley Webb’s apartment.
Webb said she and her 1-year-old son, Bryce, were sleeping inside their residence at Oakwood Apartments, just off of NW 34, when they heard what sounded like feet stomping on the ceiling.
Police were soon at the door and ordered everyone out into the pouring rain before the roof collapsed, destroying everything inside.
This isn’t the first time Webb has been displaced after severe weather. Last year after the May 31 storms, Webb’s mobile home was flooded, forcing an evacuation by boat.
“All I could think was not again, not again,” she said. “I was just devastated. It’s like Mother Nature follows me.”
An American Red Cross shelter opened at Messiah Lutheran Church for residents displaced by Friday’s heavy rains.