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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Tornadoes Spotted in Proximity to Oklahoma City

The National Weather Service said that at least three tornadoes had touched down in locations south of Oklahoma City on Thursday night.

The National Weather Service’s Norman office issued a mandatory shelter-in-place order.

Central Cleveland County and west-central Pottawatomie County were under a tornado watch until 11 p.m. Central.

Hail as large as a ping pong ball and gusts of wind strong enough to destroy houses and topple trees were predicted.

The Weather Service verified that tornadoes had touched down in north Noble, Cole, and Rush Springs between 7:45 and 9:15 p.m. Central. As far as everyone knows, nobody was hurt or died right away.

According to The Oklahoman, storm spotters saw toppled power poles, debris, and damaged buildings in Noble.

In an interview with Oklahoma City’s KWTV-DT, McClain County Sheriff Landy Offolter claimed that, although officers were out inspecting houses and roadways, he was unaware of any severe damage or injuries.

Kansas and Nebraska also saw tornadoes.

The Weather Service in Norman has warned that three storms are continuing to travel into Oklahoma and might spawn a tornado.

The Storm Coverage is Increasing Across South Central Oklahoma and North Central Oklahoma, the Weather Service tweeted. “Be mindful of the weather tonight!”

A storm system in April caused multiple tornadoes, killing three individuals in or around Cole. Many people lost their houses, while countless more lost electricity because of the storm.

At this time, scientists are unable to say whether or not a correlation exists between climate change and the intensity or frequency of tornadoes. However, experts note that tornadoes have been striking more often in clusters in recent years and that Tornado Alley, the region of the Great Plains where most tornadoes occur, seems to be moving eastward.

Jonathan James
Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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