Live weather updates, road closures: Flood risk rises in hours after tornadoes hit Tulsa, Owasso

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3:45 p.m.: Skiatook Public Schools announced classes will be canceled Wednesday because of high water.

3:15 p.m.: City officials are holding a news conference about water releases from Keystone Dam into the Arkansas River.

The release was at 100,000 cubic feet per second as of noon; it will max at 160,000 cfs at 6 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.

Officials said those living or visiting near the Arkansas River to be aware.

Officials said they don't expect homes to be affected during the release for this week, but a flood risk will persist in south Tulsa County — Bixby in particular, as well as Jenks.

1:55 p.m. Road closings update from Oklahoma Department of Public Safety:

Craig County:

• US60 & SH82

• US60 @ Big Cabin Creek

• US69 & US66

Delaware County:

SH127 & 590RD

Mayes County:

US69 3 miles north of Pryor

450RD eastbound @ US69

Nowata County:

• SH10 4 miles east of Lenapah (Cedar Crek)

Ottawa County:

None

Washington County:

• SH123 between Bartlesville & Dewey

• SH10 WB between Copan & SH99

Will Rogers Turnpike:

None

Cherokee Turnpike:

None

12:30 p.m. Flood warnings remain in effect for the Arkansas River affecting Tulsa County and the Arkansas River near Haskell affecting Muskogee and Wagoner counties. According to NWS Tulsa, the forecast severity of flooding has changed from minor to major severity.

11:30 a.m. A flood warning is in effect for Tulsa County.

10:45 a.m. According to the Storm Prediction Center, 10 tornadoes were reported in Oklahoma since Monday evening.

10:25 a.m. Tulsa County Sheriff's deputies will patrol areas around the Caney River Valley and Bird Creek areas to warn residents of a flood advisory. Caney River is expected to flood around noon, with the Bird Creek area expected to flood by 1 p.m. 

10 a.m. ODOT announces road closings across the state:

Cherokee County

• SH-80 is closed four miles west of Hulbert near Fort Gibson Lake.

Delaware County

• SH-127 is closed near Jay just west of US-59 due to a damaged drainage structure.

Lincoln County

• SH-66 is OPEN west of Chandler.

• SH-99 is OPEN at the Deep Fork River 4 miles south of Stroud.

• SH-18 is closed 2 miles south of Chandler.

• SH-18 is closed 7 miles north of Chandler at CR 840.

• SH-102 is closed 2 miles west of Wellston.

• US-177 is closed at the Deep Fork River just north of SH-66 near Wellston.

• SH-66B is closed west of Wellston.

Mayes County

• US-69A is closed east of US-69 south of Pryor.

• SH-20 is closed 3 miles west of the US-69 junction.

• SH-28 is closed 3.5 miles west of the US-69 junction.

Nowata County

• US-60 is OPEN in Nowata.

• SH-10 is closed east of US-169 near Lenapah.

Pawnee County

• US-64 is closed between Pawnee and SH-18.

• US-64 is OPEN east and west of Pawnee.

Okmulgee County

• US-75A is closed at the railroad overpass just north of Beggs.

• SH-16 is OPEN at the railroad overpass on the east side of Beggs.

Osage County

• SH-20 is OPEN west of Hominy.

• SH-99 is OPEN north of Hominy.

• SH-11 is OPEN north of Barnsdall.

• SH-20 is closed east and west of Skiatook.

• SH-123 is closed south of US-60 near Bartlesville.

Rogers County

• SH-66 is OPEN at SH-88 in Claremore.

Washington County

• US-60 is OPEN 4 miles east of US-75.

• US-75 is OPEN in Dewey.

• SH-123 is closed between Bartlesville and Dewey.

School closings: Tulsa Public Schools are CLOSED Tuesday. Jenks and Union districts announced delayed start times. Verdigris, Collinsville, Catoosa, Sand Springs, Claremore, Bixby, Stillwater, Skiatook and Sperry Public Schools districts are closed Tuesday. 

All Tulsa County facilities, including the courthouse, will open at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, county officials said.

9 a.m. A flash flood warning is in effect for Craig, Rogers, Delaware, Ottawa, Mayes, Washington, Nowata, Wagoner, Muskogee, Okmulgee and Tulsa counties.

8:45 a.m. Storms have caused several flight delays and cancellations, Tulsa International Airport reported. Travelers should check their schedules with airlines.

7:27 a.m. A tornado warning is in effect for Pittsburg County through 8:15 a.m. The storm is producing 1-inch hail.

Severe thunderstorms with quarter-size hail are moving northeast from the Stringtown area at 35 mph. NWS Tulsa warns of flying debris, damage to roofs, windows, vehicles and trees.

7:15 a.m. Oklahoma 20 is closed east of Skiatook as the roadway is flooded. Crews say flooding is limiting access to town on Oklahoma 11, as well.

7 a.m. The severe threat line has moved east toward Talala.

6:52 a.m. Owasso Police Department reports a tornado on the ground with debris near the Tulsa Tech Owasso campus at North 140th East Avenue.

6:45 a.m. A tornado warning is in effect for Claremore, Collinsville and Verdigris through 7:30 a.m.

6:33 a.m. A tornado has been confirmed in north Tulsa near the airport.

NWS Tulsa reports the tornado is moving northeast at 50 mph.

6:15 a.m.: A tornado warning is in effect for Tulsa, Rogers and Osage counties through 7 a.m.

Severe thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado were located along a line extending from 8 miles southwest of Sperry to Sand Springs, moving east at 30 mph, according to NWS Tulsa.


1:07 a.m. Flash flood warning issued until 7 a.m. for Tulsa, Wagoner, Okmulgee and Muskogee counties. 

1:05 a.m. Tornado watch for Craig, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers and Washington counties expired. 

Tornado watch for Creek, Okfuskee, Okmulgee and Tulsa counties continued until 5 a.m. 

Tornado watch for Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, McIntosh, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties until 8 a.m. 

1:01 a.m. Tuesday Flash flood warning in effect until 7 a.m. for Cherokee, Craig, Delaware and Mayes counties. 

At least four tornadoes were reported near Oklahoma towns on Monday: Cashion, Mangum, Bald Hill and Leach.

24-hour rainfall totals as of 12:50 a.m. are as follows, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet:

Skiatook: 6.38 inches

Pawnee: 6.08 inches

Wynona: 5.58 inches

Talala: 5.26 inches 

Inola: 5.07 inches

Oilton: 4.76 inches

Newkirk: 4.73 inches 

Vinita: 4.69 inches 

Miami: 4.58 inches 

Copan: 4.40 inches 

Nowata: 4.31 inches 

Foraker: 4.05 inches 

Burbank: 3.94 inches 

Tulsa: 3.65 inches 

Bixby: 3.63 inches

Jay: 2.87 inches

Updated (12:33 a.m.) Stillwater schools are closed tomorrow due to flooding. 

Updated (12:21 a.m. Tuesday) Tornado watch issued for Adair, Cherokee, Delaware, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, McIntosh, Muskogee, Pittsburg, Sequoyah and Wagoner counties until 8 a.m. 

Tornado watch for Tulsa, Creek, Okfuskee and Okmulgee counties continued until 5 a.m. 

Peggs Fire-Rescue reports "widespread damage" in Facebook post and asks residents not to travel on damaged roads. 

Updated (11:44 p.m.) Flash flood emergency issued for Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Collinsville, Inola and Pryor until 5:45 a.m. 

At 11:39 p.m. emergency management reported numerous closed roadways, water rescues, and homes being evacuated.

"Three to five inches of rain have fallen, and additional heavy rainfall will move into the area soon. Widespread flash flooding is already occurring," the weather service said.

"Move to higher ground now. This is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening situation. Do not attempt to travel unless you are fleeing an area subject to flooding or under an evacuation order."

Additional rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches are possible in the warned area, forecasters said, including Interstate 44 between mile markers 217 and 269.

Updated (11:34 p.m.) Water rescues being reported in Turley.

Updated (11:30 p.m.) Tornado warning for Delaware County allowed to expire.

Updated (11:27 p.m.) The Oklahoma Highway Patrol said westbound Oklahoma 20 was being shut down in Skiatook.

Updated (11:20 p.m.) Tulsa Public Schools announced classes will be held as scheduled Tuesday.

Updated (11:20 p.m.) The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood emergency for Hominy, Pawnee, Bartlesville, Dewey and Skiatook.

At 11:10 p.m. emergency management reported numerous closed roadways, water rescues, and homes being evacuated, the weather service said.

"Four to six inches of rain have fallen, and additional heavy rainfall will move into the area soon. Widespread flash flooding is already occurring.

"This is a particularly dangerous situation. Seek higher ground now!" forecasters said.

Updated (11:16 p.m.): The flash flood warning for Tulsa, Osage, Pawnee and Washington counties has been extended to 5:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Updated (11:03 p.m.): Tornado warning continues for southern Delaware County with the large tornado reported earlier near Peggs and Leach. It was 3 miles north of Twin Oaks moving northeast at 50 mph.

Updated (10:45 p.m.): Meteorologists reporting radar-indicated debris from tornado near Peggs in Cherokee County. The tornado was heading toward the community of Leach in Delaware County.

Updated (10:45 p.m.): Tornado warning for southern Tulsa, Wagoner counties allowed to expire.

Updated (10:39 p.m.): A confirmed large and extremely dangerous tornado was located near Peggs in Cherokee County, moving northeast at 50 mph.

Updated (10:32 p.m.): Tornado warning for northeastern Wagoner County allowed to expire.

New tornado warning for southeastern Mayes and northwestern Cherokee counties until 11 p.m.

Updated (10:11 p.m.): Tornado warning for northeastern Wagoner, southeastern Mayes and northwest Cherokee counties until 11 p.m.

A storm capable of producing a tornado was located 3 miles west of Wagoner, moving northeast at 45 mph.

Update (10:10 p.m.): Tornado warning for southeastern Tulsa, westcentral Wagoner and northeastern Okmulgee counties until 10:45 p.m.

A confirmed tornado was located 5 miles southwest of Stonebluff, moving northeast at 25 mph, the weather service said.

The circulation appeared to be weakening, forecasters said.

Update (10:07 p.m.): A new tornado watch has been issued until 5 a.m. Tuesday for Tulsa, Creek and Okmulgee counties.

Update (10 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warning for Rogers, northwestern Mayes, northwestern Wagoner and southeastern Tulsa counties until 11 p.m.

The tornado watch for Tulsa, Creek, Osage and Washington counties has expired.

Update (9:45 p.m.): Tornado warning for Tulsa, Rogers counties allowed to expire.

The tornado watch for Tulsa, Creek, Osage and Washington counties is set to expire at 10 p.m. A tornado watch for areas east remains in effect until 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Several severe thunderstorm warnings for the area are in effect.

Update (9:39 p.m.): Sperry emergency managers report flash flooding in much of the town's streets, approximately 6 to 8 inches of water. 

Update (9:28 p.m.): Tulsa police are reporting street flooding at various locations. Water rescues were also reported in Bartlesville.

Update (9:26 p.m.): The tornado warning for Creek, Osage and west parts of Tulsa counties has been allowed to expire.

Tornado warning for area northeast of downtown remains in effect until 9:45 p.m.

Update (9:07 p.m.): Tornado warnings for Tulsa, Creek, Osage and Rogers counties. Radar indicated a possible tornado four miles southeast of Mannford and moving northeast at 40 mph. Another possible tornado was located near Tulsa International Airport moving northeast at 50 mph.

Sirens were being activated in Tulsa, Owasso and Broken Arrow.

Update (8:47 p.m.): A flash flood warning is in effect for Tulsa, southeast Osage, Rogers, Creek, northern Wagoner and southeast Pawnee counties until 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Update (8:46 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warning for Tulsa, southern Rogers, southeastern Osage, northern Creek, westcentral Mayes, southwestern Washington, northern Wagoner and southeastern Pawnee counties until 9:45 p.m.

Severe storms were located along a line near Drumright to east of Collinsville moving east at 25 mph.

Update (8:45 p.m.): Tornado warning for Creek and Pawnee counties allowed to expire.

Strong storms were moving into the Tulsa metro area.

Update (8:25 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warning for northeastern Tulsa, southeastern Osage, southern Washington and southeastern Pawnee counties until 9:15 p.m.

Storms were located near Cleveland and Avant, moving east at 25 mph.

Update (8:04 p.m.): Tornado warning for Creek and Pawnee counties until 8:45 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located over Oilton moving east at 25 mph. 

Update (7:42 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warning for southeastern Osage, northwestern Creek and Pawnee counties until 8:30 p.m.

A severe storm was located near Osage, moving east at 30 mph.

Update (7:19 p.m.): Severe thunderstorm warning in effect until 7:45 p.m. for northern Tulsa, Osage, Washington, Pawnee, Nowata, northern Rogers, northwestern Craig counties.

A line of severe storms was located from Deering to Barnsdall, moving east at 45 mph. Wind gusts of 60 mph and quarter-sized hail were possible with the storms.

Update (6:51 p.m.): Flash flood warning for areas north and east of Tulsa, including Washington, Craig, northern Rogers, northern Delaware, Ottawa, northwestern Mayes and Nowata counties until 2:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Update (6:40 p.m.): The tornado warning for Osage and Pawnee counties has been allowed to expire.

Update (6:30 p.m.): The National Weather Service said life-threatening flash flooding is possible in parts of Oklahoma overnight as storms with heavy rainfall are expected to continue.

"Repeated rounds of thunderstorms are likely to cause locally very heavy rainfall, especially across central Oklahoma. The areas that receive the heaviest rainfall could see severe, life-threatening flash flooding, especially if it occurs over an urban area."

Rain rates with the strongest thunderstorm clusters could exceed 2 inches per hour, forecasters said.

Update (6:11 p.m.): Tornado warning for Osage and Pawnee counties extended until 7 p.m. The storm was 5 miles north of Pawnee, moving east at 45 mph.

Update (5:48 p.m.): The Storm Prediction Center in Norman recorded eight reports of tornadoes, 17 reports of wind damage and 35 reports of hail nationwide so far.

Update (5:33 p.m.): Tornado warning issued for southcentral Osage and Pawnee counties. The storm was near Morrison moving east at 55 mph.

Update (5:23 p.m.): Tornadoes were reported on the ground near Perry and Mangum.

Update (5:17 p.m.): Tornado watch issued for eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas, southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri until 1 a.m.

Update (4:46 p.m.): Flash flood warning issued for Osage and Pawnee counties until 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Update (4:09 p.m.): The National Weather Service in Tulsa said forecasters are watching the area south of Interstate 44 for storm development.

"Severe risk will persist well into the night," the office said on Twitter. Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee and Osage counties remains under a tornado watch until 10 p.m.

Meanwhile, several tornadoes were reported on the ground in western Oklahoma, including one north of Crescent and another near Watonga.

Update (1:40 p.m.): The National Weather Service has several counties in Oklahoma under a tornado watch called a "particularly dangerous situation." 

Numerous strong tornadoes are expected in the impact area, which encompasses most of the state's 77 counties, with widespread large hail and winds up to 80 mph. The tornado watch is in effect through 10 p.m.

Update (1 p.m.): Jenks Public Schools is postponing its commencement originally set for Monday evening. Jenks seniors will now graduate 7 p.m. Wednesday at Oral Roberts University's Mabee Center. 

Update (12:45 p.m.): A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Craig, Delaware, Mayes, Nowata, Ottawa and Rogers counties through 1:30 p.m.

Update (Noon): The tornado risk has been elevated for northwest Texas into west-central Oklahoma from 30% to 45%.

Severe thunderstorm warnings expired in Tulsa and surrounding counties, though a flash flood watch remains in effect through Tuesday.

Oklahoma City's Will Rogers Airport warned travelers of impending cancellations and delays at the OKC airport due to the forecast.

Update (11 a.m.): Tulsa County is under a severe thunderstorm warning through 11:45, in addition to Creek, Osage, Pawnee, Rogers and Washington counties.

The National Weather Service in Tulsa warns of torrential rainfall, 60 mph wind gusts and half-dollar-sized hail.

Strong words from the Storm Prediction Center on Monday's outlook: "A serious outbreak of destructive, tornadic supercells is likely over parts of this region this afternoon into evening, especially in the high- and moderate-risk areas. Given the expected fast storm motions, especially mid-afternoon into evening, a few of the best-organized supercells may reach an equilibrium with their already very favorable mesoscale environments long enough to sustain wide, long-track tornadoes."

Tulsa Public Schools and Catoosa Public Schools are closed Monday. Tulsa City-County Library branches will close at noon Monday. Collinsville High School postponed its graduation scheduled for Monday evening. Tinker Air Force Base has implemented liberal leave for those on the base, and a spokesman said aircraft were moved to other bases over the weekend. 

Broken Arrow Public Schools are remaining open but allowing for no-penalty early pickup at 1:30 Monday afternoon.

(8 a.m. Monday): In an outlook issued Monday morning, the National Weather Service stated a "serious outbreak of destructive, tornadic supercells is likely" across the southern plains, including much of Oklahoma and parts of Texas throughout the day and into the overnight hours. 

Forecasters have the Tulsa area in a "moderate" risk categories for severe weather, with a rarely used "high" risk area stretching from the Interstate 44 corridor to roughly Snyder, Texas. A tornado risk exists across an arc from west Texas to the Oklahoma-Missouri-Arkansas border, but the "high" risk area carries greater chances for violent, long-track tornadoes.


In an outlook issued Monday morning, the National Weather Service stated a tornado outbreak is likely across the southern plains, including much of Oklahoma and parts of Texas throughout the day and into the overnight hours. 

After several days of warning that Monday's forecast had the potential for a significant event, forecasters now say those fears could be realized as early as lunchtime across eastern and central Oklahoma.

Forecasters have the Tulsa and Oklahoma City metro areas in "moderate" risk categories for severe weather, with a rarely used "high" risk area stretching from west Oklahoma City to roughly Snyder, Texas. A tornado risk exists across an arc from west Texas to the Oklahoma-Missouri-Arkansas border, but the "high" risk area carries greater chances for violent, long-track tornadoes.

Initial modeling as of early Monday reportedly has a first round of storms in both the Texas panhandle and across western and central Oklahoma as a warm front moves north across the state. These storms will initially produce large hail, but any cell that matures could produce a tornado. As they move northeastward, they will not only lose their associated tornado risk but also clear the area, allowing for a second round of storms forming in southwest Oklahoma and the Interstate 27 corridor in Texas. 

Monday's forecast is scheduled to be updated by 8 a.m. Check back with tulsaworld.com for updates. 

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