LIVE BLOG: Severe Weather Expected Wednesday Night
Severe weather chances will ramp up later tonight across most of the area. Damaging winds, hail and isolated tornadoes will be possible tonight.
Tornado Warning for Benton, Washington, Adair, Cherokee, and Delaware County in AR until 3:30am. Storm is moving NE at 45 mph. A line of severe line of storms is starting to enter Washington and Benton counties in NWA. Frequent lightning, strong winds, heavy downpours, and spin up tornadoes are possible in this line. The line is moving east at 30mph.
Below is a Public Information Statement from the National Weather Service Office in Tulsa, Oklahoma regarding the imminent severe weather threat:
“SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE AREA
THIS EVENING INTO THE OVERNIGHT HOURS IN ASSOCIATION WITH A STRONG
UPPER LEVEL STORM SYSTEM. RESIDENTS ACROSS THE REGION SHOULD
MONITOR THIS SITUATION VERY CLOSELY. WATCHES AND WARNINGS WILL
LIKELY BE ISSUED LATER TODAY. HERE ARE SOME SAFETY RULES TO KEEP
IN MIND WHEN SEVERE WEATHER IS EXPECTED OR IS OCCURRING.
BEFORE SEVERE WEATHER STRIKES…ENSURE THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
ARE FULLY PREPARED. IN A HOME OR BUILDING HAVE A PRE-DESIGNATED
SHELTER… SUCH AS A BASEMENT OR AN INTERIOR ROOM OR HALLWAY.
HAVE ON HAND A DISASTER SUPPLY KIT…INCLUDING A NOAA WEATHER
RADIO…FLASHLIGHT…RADIO AND A GOOD SUPPLY OF BATTERIES.
IF A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM OR TORNADO WARNING IS ISSUED…SEEK SHELTER
INDOORS IMMEDIATELY. A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM IS DEFINED AS PRODUCING
QUARTER SIZE OR GREATER HAIL AND WIND GUSTS OF 58 MPH OR MORE. IN
EXTREME CASES…SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN PRODUCE WINDS TO NEAR 150
MPH AND HAIL LARGER THAN GRAPEFRUITS WHICH CAN CAUSE EXTENSIVE
TORNADOES OFTEN FORM VERY RAPIDLY FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS. IF
YOU ARE IN A TORNADO WATCH…AND A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS
ISSUED FOR YOUR AREA…MONITOR LOCAL CONDITIONS CLOSELY AND BE
READY TO TAKE QUICK ACTION TO SAVE YOUR LIFE.
REMEMBER THAT LIGHTNING IS A THUNDERSTORMS MOST UNDERRATED KILLER.
POSTPONE OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IF THUNDERSTORMS ARE IMMINENT. THIS
IS THE BEST WAY TO AVOID BEING CAUGHT IN A DANGEROUS SITUATION.
AUTOMOBILES OFFER GOOD PROTECTION FROM LIGHTNING…ALTHOUGH MOVING
INDOORS IS BEST. EVEN INSIDE…LIGHTING CAN KILL BY COMING THROUGH
THE PHONE LINES…PLUMBING AND ELECTRIC LINES. THEREFORE DO NOT
USE COMPUTERS…TELEPHONES OR OTHER HAND HELD APPLIANCES DURING A
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO…COMMERCIAL RADIO OR TELEVISION
FOR THE LATEST ON THIS DEVELOPING SEVERE WEATHER EVENT. ADDITIONAL
WEATHER INFORMATION…INCLUDING RELATED GRAPHICS CAN BE FOUND AT
A TORNADO WATCH has been posted for North Central Texas, and a large chunk of central and eastern Oklahoma until 11 PM CDT.
Elevated thunderstorms will develop in this area during the afternoon. Some of these storms may evolve supecellular characteristics capable of producing a tornado. If a tornado is to form, conditions are in place to support it becoming significant.
A previous tornado watch is already in place across Missouri.
The National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma is launching a special balloon to get an idea of what the atmosphere looks like in Central Oklahoma. This will help give us a better idea as well of the threat of storms in our area.
The entire area is under a risk of severe weather later this evening and through the overnight.
An enhanced risk of severe weather is centered from northern to central Oklahoma.
This is a look at the tornado probabilities. The greatest chance of seeing tornadoes will be to our west tonight as supercell storms develop by late afternoon in central Oklahoma.