Storms continue to move across South Plains

Clay Curtis
May 22, 2019

An "outbreak of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms" was expected over much of Oklahoma, northwest Texas, and the eastern Texas Panhandle, the National Weather Service said in an alert on Monday morning.

Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas were still under a tornado watch early Tuesday, with the National Weather Service warning of "flying debris" which could be unsafe to those caught without shelter.

Because storms have repeatedly hit the same areas recently, a serious flooding threat has developed in the Plains and the Midwest.

This image made from video provided by KWTV-KOTV shows two funnel clouds formed in Crescent, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2019.

Nineteen tornadoes touched down from Texas to Oklahoma Monday night, causing widespread damage and keeping millions on high alert. Schools in Tulsa closed, and there were reports of damage at its zoo (animals were unharmed), which was also shut down. The National Weather Service said up to five inches of rain had fallen since Monday.

- Risky storms that triggered flash floods and more than two dozen reports of tornadoes are moving east through Arkansas, Missouri and IL.

"On top of emergency crews trying to fix power lines and other damage from the tornado", the department said, "the roads are now flooding due to the intense rain".

Regionally, a tornado outbreak is expected in Oklahoma and Texas. By Wednesday, the storm will move into Great Lakes region, where it will weaken.

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Residents were being rescued from their homes this morning following flash flooding in Stillwater, about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

A tornado watch was in effect for east-central and northeastern Oklahoma and parts of Arkansas until noon Tuesday.

Agriculture has been affected badly by the stormy weather.

Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City moved several planes to other military installations and state workers were sent home early. Meanwhile, state workers in several Oklahoma counties were sent home early.

Still, it was a frightening experience for Wichita City Council member James Clendenin who drove through the tornado-impacted area with his family Monday.

Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City warned that passengers should be prepared for flight delays and cancellations.

The office of the Oklahoma governor, Kevin Stitt, said in a statement that the state's emergency operations center had been activated and that an advance team from the Federal Emergency Management Agency had been brought in to "help facilitate the delivery of any federal resources that may be needed".

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