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Weather service downgrades supercell threat for Oklahoma City area

9:05 p.m. The National Weather Service reports there is a “very low chance” of supercells in the Oklahoma City area and eastern parts of the state after 10 p.m., but a dangerous squall line is expected to move through the metro area between 2 and 4 a.m.
BY STAFF REPORTS Modified: April 14, 2012 at 9:05 pm •  Published: April 14, 2012

9:05 p.m. The National Weather Service reports there is a “very low chance” of supercells in the Oklahoma City area and eastern parts of the state after 10 p.m., but a dangerous squall line is expected to move through the metro area between 2 and 4 a.m. Winds of 70 to 80 mph with golfball sized hail and embedded tornadoes are possible with the storms. The squall line will continue moving east overnight, but western Oklahoma is still threatened by supercells until 2 a.m.

8:00 p.m. Two tornadoes are on the ground in Alfalfa County heading in the direction of Cherokee.

7:45 p.m. A tornado was spotted in Alfalfa County in northern Oklahoma near Lambert and heading southwest toward Dacoma in Woods County.

7:30 p.m. A tank battery fire ignited southeast of Waynoka in Woods County after tornadoes briefly touched down there.

7:00 p.m. A tornado was spotted five miles south of Quinlan in Woodward County about 6:50 p.m., according to emergency management. Another brief touchdown was reported about 5:15 p.m. about 11 miles south of Tangier in the county. No reports of damage or injuries were immediately available.

Gov. Mary Fallin is urging residents in the state to pay attention to the news.

“Develop a plan, call your children and elderly parents ... make sure everyone knows where to go and keep an eye on the weather,” she said.

6:15 p.m. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is advising people in the Waynoka area to seek shelter at Little Sahara State Park. Between 5,000 and 8,000 people are reportedly in the park for the annual snake hunt, Capt. Chris West said.

6:10 p.m. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado occurred about 4 p.m. about 7 miles north of Woodward, and another tornado was spotted about 4:30 p.m. 4 miles northwest of Freedom. Woodward County Emergency Management Director Matt Lehenbauer says the storm damaged a metal outbuilding and a camper, but no injuries were reported. Hail the size of softballs pounded the area, but no injury or damage reports had come in yet, Lehenbauer said.

Features Editor Matt Price tells his story from Norman

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