7 a.m. Tuesday - Live weather updates, school closures: Tornado in Tulsa
Update (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.
The story below published in Monday's Tulsa World:
An atmosphere supportive of “all severe hazards, including significant hail and strong tornadoes,” is possible for much of Oklahoma on Monday, especially in the central and western parts of the state, forecasters said.
Tulsa is in the “enhanced” risk area, the third highest.
There is a “significant severe weather event possible across the southern Plains on Monday,” the center said.
The Tulsa forecast calls for storms mainly after 1 p.m., with severe storms possible both Monday and Monday night, the National Weather Service in Tulsa said.
“Emergency management personnel and first responders should continue to monitor the latest forecasts for Monday and Tuesday, as high-end severe weather will again be possible,” the NWS said.
Public school classes in Oklahoma City, Moore, Norman and virtually all of the OKC metro area were canceled for Monday because of the forecast. The University of Oklahoma also canceled classes Monday at its Norman campus.
Forecasters expect severe thunderstorms forming across the Texas panhandle and northwest Oklahoma to sweep toward northeast Oklahoma by Monday morning, bringing a potential for high winds, heavy rain and hail.
At the same time, a warm front is expected to lift north of the Red River, creating wind profiles capable of supporting rotating thunderstorms and tornadoes. Tornadoes will be most likely near the warm front, which will shift north during the day.
Thunderstorms are expected to spread through the area Monday afternoon and evening, and a secondary line of strong storms is expected to roll through Tuesday morning.
Much of central and eastern Oklahoma, including Tulsa and Oklahoma City, are under a flash flood watch from Monday morning through Tuesday evening because the ground remains saturated from Saturday’s storms.
Up to 3 inches of rainfall is likely along the Interstate 44 corridor, with higher amounts possibly locally in areas north and west of Tulsa.
The weather service in Tulsa took to social media on Saturday, urging residents to be weather-aware.
Saturday storms that swept across northeast Oklahoma brought two low-rated tornadoes, the weather service reported Saturday night.
“Our survey team found EF-0 tornado damage west and northwest of Bixby,” the service tweeted. “The roofs of homes were damaged, an outbuilding lost its roof, and large tree limbs were snapped. We also found EF-1 tornado damage between Claremore and Pryor along and north of Highway 20.”
The tornadoes were two of five reported in the state from the Saturday storm system. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is asking residents affected by the storms to report damage to their property at damage.ok.gov or by calling 211.
The National Weather Service is also asking residents to report severe weather, such as hail size, wind damage and flooding to the Tulsa office’s Twitter or Facebook page, @NWSTulsa, or webpage, weather.gov/tsa.Submit
Take a peek inside the National Weather Center in Norman.