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.
Its residents, two adults and five children, made it out safely. It took firefighters nearly two hours to put out the blaze and the home was severely damaged, fire Maj. Tammy McKinney said.
Wednesday’s heavy rains weren’t limited to Oklahoma City. Small areas in McCurtain and Le Flore counties received about five inches of rain Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service’s Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center.
No stranded motorists or other flood-related emergencies were reported Wednesday morning, a representative from the McCurtain County sheriff’s office said.
Extreme heat is expected to return to the Oklahoma City area Thursday and remain through the weekend, according to the National Weather Service’s Norman forecast office.
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: