Update, 11:54 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Tulsa issued a tornado warning for Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties. The warning is in effect until 12:30 a.m. Thursday. Tornadic activity was radar indicated. Penny-sized hail is possible.
Update, 11:43 p.m.: Up to 1¾ inches of rain fell Wednesday in the Nowata area, about a quarter of an inch in parts of Tulsa county and up to 2 inches in the Wynona area, according to Mesonet.
Update, 11:36 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 11:45 p.m. for Tulsa, Washington, Rogers, Mayes and Craig counties. Severe thunderstorms were located along a line from 4 miles west of Chelsea to 3 miles north of Collinsville, according to the weather service.
A tornado watch will remain in effect for northeastern Oklahoma until 4 a.m. Thursday.
Update, 11:17 p.m.: Tornado warnings affecting Tulsa and Rogers counties expired.
Update, 11:11 p.m.: Meteorologists with the weather service reported a tornado on the ground west of Skiatook.
Update, 10:56 p.m.: Broadcast meteorologists reporting power flashes near Skiatook. Area remains under a tornado warning until 11:15 p.m.
Update, 10:43p.m.: Tornado warning for northeast Tulsa, northern Rogers, southeastern Osage and southern Washington counties remains in effect. Severe storms capable of producing a tornado were located 3 miles north of Collinsville and 8 miles west of Skiatook, moving east at 30 mph.
Update, 10:31 p.m.: Tornado warning for northeast Tulsa, northern Rogers southeast Osage and southern Washington counties until 11:15 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. a severe storms capable of producing a tornado were located 3 miles north of Collinsville and 4 miles northeast of Walnut Creek State Park moving east at 25 mph.
Update, 10:18 p.m.: Tornado warning for northeast Tulsa, northwest Rogers, southeast Osage and southeastern Pawnee counties until 10:30 p.m. At 10:15 p.m. severe storms capable of producing a tornado were located 3 miles northwest of Westport and 2 miles northeast of Skiatook, moving east at 30 mph.
Another tornado warning was issued for northern Rogers, southwest Craig and southern Nowata counties until 11 p.m. At 10:14 p.m. a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located over Watova, moving east at 30 mph.
Update, 9:45 p.m.: Tornado warning for northeast Tulsa, southeast Pawnee, southern Washington southeast Osage and northwestern Rogers counties until 10:30 p.m. At 9:46 p.m. a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Jennings moving east at 35 mph. Locations in the path included Skiatook, Collinsville and Talala.
Update, 9:45 p.m.: Tornado watch for Tulsa and surrounding counties has been extended until 4 a.m. Thursday. The watch means conditions are favorable for severe storms that could produce tornadoes.
It includes Tulsa, Creek, Osage, Mayes, Rogers and Washington counties.
Update, 9:43 p.m.: A confirmed tornado was located near Jay in Delaware County, moving northeast at 35 mph, the National Weather Service said.
Update, 9:30 p.m.: Tornado warning for east central Osage, southern Washington, southern Nowata and northwest Rogers counties until 10:15 p.m. At 9:28 p.m. a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Ramona, moving east at 30 mph.
Update, 9:25 p.m.: Tornado warnings continue for southeast Osage southeast Pawnee and Delaware and northeastern Mayes Counties. Storms with low-level rotation were located near Cleveland and Chloeta, moving east at 30 mph. Jay was in the path of the Delaware County-warned storm.
Update, 9 p.m.: Confirmed tornado was located over Salina in Mayes County, moving northeast at 25 mph.
Update, 8:56 p.m.: Confirmed tornado located 3 miles northwest of Locust Grove in Mayes County, moving northeast at 35 mph.
Update, 8:52 p.m.: Tornado warning issued for northcentral Tulsa, southeast Osage and southwest Washington counties. At 8:50 p.m. a severe storm with strong low-level rotation was located 5 miles south of Wynona, moving east at 30 mph. Locations in the path included Skiatook, Barnsdall, Hominy and Wynona.
Update, 8:38 p.m.: National Weather Service reports tornado in the industrial area north of Chouteau.
Update, 8:34 p.m.: Tornado warning continues for Pawnee and Osage counties until 9 p.m. At 8:31 p.m. a confirmed tornado was located 5 miles west of Hominy, moving east at 30 mph.
A new tornado warning for Mayes and southeastern Craig counties is in effect until 9:15 p.m. One severe storm was located near Pensacola and another was near Chouteau.
Update, 8:19 p.m.: Tornado warning for southern Osage and central Pawnee counties. At 8:17 p.m. a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located 3 miles north of Blackburn, moving east at 35 mph. Locations in or near the path included Hominy, Barnsdall and Wynona.
Update, 8:11 p.m.: Much of northeast Oklahoma is under a flash flood warning due to today's storms. More rain is expected as the storms continue to move through the area. Some areas have received more than 8 inches of rain in the last three days, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet.
Update, 8 p.m.: The Storm Prediction Center has 11 reports of tornadoes in Oklahoma and 15 reports of hail so far from today's storms.
Update, 8 p.m.: Tornado warning for Mayes County continued until 8:30 p.m. At 7:57 p.m. a severe storm with strong low-level rotation was located 4 miles southwest of Pryor, moving east at 30 mph. Locations in the path included Pryor, Chouteau, Locust Grove and Salina.
Update, 7:45 p.m.: Tornado warning extended for Rogers and Mayes counties until 8:30 p.m. At 7:44 p.m. a severe storm with strong low-level rotation that could produce a tornado at any time was located near Tiawah, moving east at 35 mph. Locations in the path included Clarmore, Pryor and Locust Grove.
Update, 7:39 p.m.: Tornado warning for Rogers and north-central Wagoner counties continues until 8 p.m. At 7:31 p.m. a confirmed tornado was located 3 miles southeast of Verdigris, moving northeast at 35 mph.
Update, 7:34 p.m.: The Storm Prediction Center said the risk for a strong tornado or two will continue, mainly near the Interstate 44 corridor of northeast Oklahoma through 8-10 p.m.
Update, 7:28 p.m.: Tornado warning in effect for Rogers and northwestern Wagoner counties until 8 p.m. At 7:26 p.m. a severe storm with strong low-level rotation was located near Catoosa, moving northeast at 40 mph. Locations in the path included Claremore, Verdigris, Chelsea and Foyil.
Update, 7:12 p.m.: Tornado warning for east-central Tulsa, northwestern Wagoner and central Rogers counties until 8 p.m. At 7:11 p.m. a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Broken Arrow, moving northeast at 40 mph. Locations in the path include Catoosa, Claremore and Broken Arrow.
Update, 6:47 p.m.: Tornado warning until 7:30 p.m. for Wagoner, southern Mayes and northwestern Cherokee counties. At 6:44 p.m. a tornado capable of producing a tornado was was located 3 miles north of Porter, moving northeast at 40 mph.
The tornado warning north of Tulsa for a storm that moved through Collinsville has been allowed to expire.
Another tornado warning was in effect for Craig County in far northern Oklahoma.
Update, 6:41 p.m.: Tornado warning for Wagoner County. A severe storm with a confirmed tornado was moving between Wagoner and Coweta.
Update, 6:27 p.m.: Tornado warning continues for northeast Tulsa, northwest Rogers and southeast Washington counties until 6:45 p.m. At 6:25 p.m. large and extremely dangerous tornado was located over Collinsville, moving northeast at 25 mph.
Update, 6:08 p.m.: Tornado warning for southeast Wagoner, northwest Muskogee and northeast Okmulgee counties. The same storm that produced tornadoes earlier had a confirmed tornado near Morris, moving northeast at 40 mph.
Update, 6:03 p.m.: Tornado warning for northeast Tulsa, northwest Rogers and southern Washington counties until 6:45 p.m. At 6:01 p.m. a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Sperry, moving northeast at 40 mph. Areas in the path included Owasso and Collinsville.
Update, 6:01 p.m.: Tornado warning for areas near Mannford, Sand Springs allowed to expire.
Update, 5:57 p.m.: Tornado warning for northern Rogers and southeast Nowata counties until 6:45 p.m. A severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Talala, moving northeast at 30 mph.
Update, 5:36 p.m.: Tornado warning for westcentral Tulsa, northwest Creek and southeast Pawnee counties. A severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located 9 miles south of Mannford, moving northeast at 30 mph. Locations in the path of the storm include Mannford, Sand Springs and Keystone State Park.
Sirens in Tulsa were activated.
Another tornadic storm was located in Okmulgee County, moving northeast at 30 mph. A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was on the ground. Locations in the path include Okmulgee, Okmulgee State Park and Beggs.
Update, 5:26 p.m.: Severe thunderstorm warning for central Tulsa, northern Creek and southeast Osage counties until 6 p.m. A severe storm was located near Sand Springs moving northeast at 60 mph.
Update, 5:15 p.m.: Mandatory evacuation of Webbers Falls underway due to flooding.
Update, 5:13 p.m.: Tornado warning for southcentral Creek, northwestern Okmulgee and north central Okfuskee counties extended until 6 p.m. A confirmed tornado was located near Okfuskee, moving northeast at 30 mph. A second tornado-warned storm is just south.
Update, 4:55 p.m.: Tornado warning for southeast Creek, southwestern Okmulgee and northcentral Okfuskee counties. A confirmed tornado was located 4 miles west of Castle, moving northeast at 30 mph. Locations in or near the path include Okfuskee and Beggs.
Update, 4:45 p.m.: Tornado warning for Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties until 5:15 p.m. Storm spotters confirmed a tornado on the ground near Beardon, moving northeast at 35 mph.
Update, 4:31 p.m.: Tornado warning for westcentral Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties. At 4:29 p.m. a severe storm capable of producing a tornado was located near Cromwell moving northeast at 35 mph.
Update, 4:20 p.m.: Tulsa County said there will be no sirens.
Update, 3:45 p.m.: City of Jenks announces it will be activating flood sirens every 30 minutes near the Arkansas River beginning at 4 p.m. for awareness, not for evacuations. The sirens will be activated every 30 minutes until 10 p.m., the city said in a Facebook post.
The city later said that a decision was made not to activate the sirens.
Update, 3:35 p.m.: Tornado watch issued for Tulsa and surrounding counties until 11 p.m.
The Storm Prediction Center in Norman says conditions for tornadoes and severe storms are a "particularly dangerous situation" for the area.
Update, 3:30 p.m.: Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum on Wednesday afternoon said Tulsa police are encouraging people living near the Arkansas River to evacuate as the river approaches moderate flood stage with more rain in the forecast.
"Tulsa police are already visiting specific neighborhoods at risk and encouraging evacuation," he said in a tweet, without elaborating on specific areas.
Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell said the city is not releasing the areas being evacuated to prevent looting.
"We don't want bad guys to know where the areas are that are about to have vacant houses," Tuell said.
The Police Department is going house to house in neighborhoods where residents need to evacuate immediately, Tuell said, adding that the city will provide specifics on the evacuations as more details of possible flooding become known.
"When we are able to get better mapping details and updated mapping information that will give us a better sense of where to deploy our manpower and to effectively warn the citizens," Tuell said.
A previous story about today's conditions appears below:
The forecast for Tulsa shows an updated moderate level of risk for severe thunderstorms later Wednesday as the area remains under a flood warning.
The storms will have the potential for tornadoes, large hail and 70 mph winds across portions of northeast Oklahoma after 3 p.m., though a cap could keep the storms isolated and scattered, according to the National Weather Service in Tulsa. The possibility that the cap, a layer of warmer air, could suppress thunderstorm development entirely is low, according to NWS.
Supercell thunderstorms with strong low-level shear will increase the threat for potentially strong tornadoes, including the potential for strong tornadoes, but NWS Tulsa forecasts those storms are likely to shift northward into Kansas and Missouri after midnight.
Across northeast Oklahoma, 1 to 3 inches of rain are expected mostly north of Interstate 44. Some locations could see upwards of 4 inches of rain through Wednesday night.
With high water already affecting many areas, flash flooding will be a concern as rainfall continues. Several river flood points are forecast to exceed their major flood stages.
Highway conditions as of 9 a.m. Wednesday
Via ODOT: Flooding conditions continue to change rapidly. Be alert to any water over driving lanes and don't drive around barricades.
Crews are closely monitoring water levels at locations across central, northern and northeastern Oklahoma. Highway closures are reported on the @OKDOT website https://t.co/1t2sHJqMQx and mapped at https://t.co/unKtIvUpz8. #okwx— Oklahoma Department of Transportation (@OKDOT) May 22, 2019
The following highways are closed until further notice due to flooding:
• SH-80 is closed four miles west of Hulbert near Fort Gibson Lake.
• No closings
• US-77 is closed between SH-156 and southern Tonkawa.
• US-177 is closed just north of SH-11 in Blackwell.
• SH-SH82 northbound and southbound between 390RD and 400RD (Grand River Bridge)
• SH-10 is closed east of US-169 near Lenapah due to damage to a drain.
• US-64 is closed between Pawnee and SH-18.
• SH-11 is OPEN north of Barnsdall.
• SH-18 is OPEN north of Shidler.
• SH-125 is closed one mile south of SH-10 in Miami.
• US-59/SH-10 is closed one mile west of US-69.
• SH10 is closed between US-69 and the SH-69A junction in Miami.
• 76th Street North between Mingo and Memorial
• SH-11 is closed from 76th St. North to 186th St North.
• SH-20 is closed from US-75 to west of Skiatook.
This is Highway 20 going into Skiatook. pic.twitter.com/vsTlOuU52D— G.T. Bynum (@gtbynum) May 22, 2019
• SH-123 is closed between Bartlesville and Dewey.
River Parks trail flooding updates
West bank: trail from the Interstate 244 pedestrian bridge to nearly the south end of the Waterside Apartments, a small section of the pedestrian trail between the skate park and the pedestrian bridge, under Elwood Avenue to the Cherry Creek
East bank: the concrete stepped structure between Elwoods and the Blue Rose, trail connection under Riverside Drive to Joe Creek trail, trail behind the casino flooded