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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

6:00 p.m. A tornado watch is in effect until 2 a.m. for Alfalfa, Beaver, Beckham, Blaine, Custer, Dewey, Ellis, Garfield, Grant, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Kay, Kingfisher, Kiowa, Major, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Washita, Woods and Woodward counties.

5:00 p.m. Norman has opened storm shelters including Whittier and Irving Recreation Centers, Cleveland Elementary and Little Ax High School, police Capt. Tom Easley said.

The American Red Cross shelter in Norman, Oklahoma moved from the Whittier Recreation Center on W. Brooks to the St. Stephens United Methodist Church at 1801 W. Brooks (on the corner of Brooks and McGee) in Norman.

3:59 p.m. There was a brief tornado touchdown 7 miles north of Woodward, the National Weather Service says.

3:21 A tornado warning was issued for Ellis and Woodward counties.

3:18 p.m. The National Weather Service issued tornado warnings for northeast Harper and northwest Woods counties.

Scattered supercell thunderstorms capable of producing violent and long-track tornadoes, large hail and destructive straight-line winds developed in western Oklahoma in early afternoon and are spreading east, the National Weather Service says.

Features Editor Matt Price tells his story from Norman

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