Wednesday morning thunderstorms spark one house fire, strand motorists and flood streets in Oklahoma City

A round of thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain on Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning, sparked at least one house fire and left motorists stranded on flooded streets. An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in eastern Oklahoma City measured 3.91 inches of rain Wednesday morning.
by Silas Allen Published: July 9, 2014
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A round of thunderstorms dumped several inches of rain on Oklahoma City on Wednesday morning, sparked at least one house fire and left motorists stranded on flooded streets.

An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in eastern Oklahoma City measured 3.91 inches of rain Wednesday morning. Another site in north Oklahoma City measured 3.08 inches of rain.

Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Police Department, said officers and Oklahoma City firefighters responded to five flood-related emergencies Wednesday, including calls from stranded motorists and reports of flooded city streets. No flood-related injuries were reported, Wardlow said.

A north Oklahoma City mansion went up in flames after being struck by lightning Wednesday morning, firefighters said. Crews were called at about 5 a.m. Wednesday to the blaze at 7444 N Country Club Drive near the Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club. The three-story, 9,521-square-foot structure was valued at $2.8 million, according to online records.


by Silas Allen
General Assignment/Breaking News Reporter
Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri.
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Officials remind residents to use caution when outside in extreme heat

Emergency Medical Services Authority paramedics are reminding residents that heat combined with humidity slow the evaporation of sweat from the body, making it difficult for the body to cool itself. Outdoor exercise is dangerous in hot, humid conditions, even for people who are in good physical condition, EMSA officials said.

According to the Oklahoma City-County Health Department, anyone who must be outdoors in extreme heat should:

drink more fluids that don’t contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar.

limit outdoor activity to morning and evening hours.

cut down on exercise during the hottest part of the day.

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