Area under flash flood warning; tornado watch until midnight
BY SHANNON MUCHMORE World Staff Writer
Saturday, October 13, 2012
10/13/12 at 10:50 PM
A flash flood warning is in effect until 10:30 p.m. for Tulsa and the surrounding area, the National Weather Service said.
The warning was issued for Tulsa, Creek, northwestern Wagoner, southeastern Osage and southern Rogers counties.
A flash flood warning means flooding is occurring or is imminent.
The weather service said several inches of rain are possible with storms moving through the area.
"The Tulsa urban metro area will be impacted by these heavy rains and flooding will occur quickly, especially within the downtown area," the weather service said.
"Runoff from this excessive rainfall will cause flash flooding to occur."
Forecasters also urged motorists to use caution when driving into areas where water covers the roadway.
"It only takes two feet of rushing water to carry away most sport utility vehicles and pickups," the weather service said.
The heavy rains are associated with strong storms that had been predicted for the area Saturday night.
A tornado watch also is in effect until midnight for Tulsa and surrounding counties, and much of eastern Oklahoma.
The threat will end late tonight when the storms move east.
Some areas experienced rains Friday night. There was .28 inches measured at the Tulsa International Airport.
Areas in red are under a flash flood warning until 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Areas in yellow are under a tornado watch until midnight. Courtesy National Weather Service
Courtesy National Weather Service