LIVE BLOG: Severe Weather Event Continues Into Tuesday

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Strong storms continue Tuesday, possibly bringing hail and flood waters into the area.

Tyler Southard May 21, 20131:17 pm

Rain will continue into the afternoon with isolated severe storms possible. The severe threat for today is lower compared to what we saw Monday. Flooding will become more of a concern as steady rains continue to fall across eastern Oklahoma and into NW Arkansas. Temperatures will remain cooler today due to the clouds and rain with highs in the 60s and 70s.

Below is current severe and flood watches/warnings:

Scattered storms will be possible this afternoon, and some of the storms could be severe. The best chance of severe weather will be south of I-40. The strongest storms and highest chances of tornado will be over far southern Arkansas, North Louisiana, and NE Texas.

Below is a look a Tuesday’s severe risk area:

Alicia Agent May 20, 201310:49 pm

Second round expected early Tuesday. We’ll be streaming live radar on our website overnight. http://5newsonline.com/on-air/live-streaming/
The guys will have updates on the live blog and online shortly!

Alicia Agent May 20, 201310:25 pm

A possible tornado may be to blame for damage in LeFlore County Monday night (May 20). 5NEWS Meterologist Joe Pennington gets an update from emergency management director Michael Davidson.

WATCH INTERVIEW: http://on.5newsonline.com/I63Odok

Alicia Agent May 20, 201310:06 pm

Trees, powerlines down, some building damage, but no injuries reported in LeFlore County according to Michael Davidson with LeFlore Co. Emergency management

Alicia Agent May 20, 201310:05 pm

Greenwood damage

Alicia Agent May 20, 201310:05 pm

A 19-year-old Springdale man was killed Monday night when debris from the severe storm collided with his vehicle while westbound on Robinson Avenue.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20139:51 pm

OG&E reports 1225 outages in VB, 237 in FSM, and 98 in Barling

Alicia Agent May 20, 20139:48 pm

Tornado warnings continue into Franklin count..rotation detected heading toward Ozark. TAKE SHELTER NOW! #ARWX

Alicia Agent May 20, 20139:31 pm

Bentonville Square

Alicia Agent May 20, 20139:30 pm

@NWStulsa: 925pm – Tornado threat continues in west central AR, far east central OK. Reports of power flashes, tree damage have been received.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20139:22 pm

Tornado Warning for Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian County in AR until 10:00pm

Alicia Agent May 20, 20139:22 pm

5NEWS reporter Aubry Killion is at a Fort Smith storm shelter along with a lot of other families

Shain Bergan May 20, 20139:13 pm

Power line (still active) on roof of Springdale home at Curtis St and Huntsville Ave. Partial roof collapse, according to Springdale Fire Department

Alicia Agent May 20, 20138:59 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sebastian County, Latimer and Le Flore County in OK until 10:00pm

Alicia Agent May 20, 20138:55 pm

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5NEWS Weather Alert: Tornado Warning for Haskell, Le Flore, and Sequoyah County in OK until 9:30pm

Alicia Agent May 20, 20138:47 pm

5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Carroll and Madison County in AR until 9:30pm. #arwx

Alicia Agent May 20, 20138:35 pm

Tornado Warning for Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK and Crawford and Sebastian County in AR until 9:30pm.

Watch live streaming coverage: http://5newsonline.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Alicia Agent May 20, 20138:23 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Latimer County, LeFlore, Sequoyah in OK, Crawford and Sebastian in AR until 9:15pm.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20138:08 pm

@woodsallison: Police – 80% of Pea Ridge without power.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20138:07 pm

National Weather Service cancels tornado warning for Crawford, Sequoyah and Sebastian counties

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:55 pm

5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sebastian County in AR, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK until 9:00pm.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:44 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Carroll, Madison, and Washington County in AR until 8:45pm

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:41 pm

Tornado Watch for Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, Washington and Yell County in AR until 3:00am

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:40 pm

Tornado Watch for Adair, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK until 3:00am

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:40 pm

Lightning in Siloam from Dennis

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:37 pm

Tornado warning has been issued for this storm including parts of the River Valley and Fort Smith. Move to your safe place now!

Shain Bergan May 20, 20137:35 pm

Rogers getting hit with severe weather: Electrical lines down near 307 N. 10th St. in Rogers; possible house fire at 505 S. 19th St. in Rogers

Shain Bergan May 20, 20137:34 pm

Springdale police report funnel cloud touching down at Elm Springs Road and I-540

Shain Bergan May 20, 20137:34 pm

160 Ozarks Electric households in Northwest Arkansas without power, according to the company’s website

Shain Bergan May 20, 20137:34 pm

70 mph winds near Wedington Ave in Fayetteville, according to National Weather Service

Shain Bergan May 20, 20137:34 pm

Possible tornado developing near Beaver Lake, according to Benton County emergency management

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:34 pm

Tornado Warning for Crawford and Sebastian County in AR until 8:15pm

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:33 pm

Tornado Warning for Sequoyah County in OK until 8:15pm

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:26 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington County in AR and Adair, Haskell, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK until 8:30pm.

Watch live streaming coverage: http://5newsonline.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:24 pm

‏@NWStulsa: 718pm – Well developed bow echo in progress with 70 mph wind potential just E of I540 corridor in Benton/Washington AR Co.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:23 pm

@5NEWSShain: 160 Ozarks Electric households in Northwest Arkansas without power, according to the company’s website

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:20 pm

LaShea Stout sent this photo from Hogeye

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:11 pm

5NEWSThomas: Street lights out in Siloam springs

Alicia Agent May 20, 20137:01 pm

5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Benton and Carroll County in AR until 8:00pm. #arwx

Alicia Agent May 20, 20136:58 pm

5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Adair, Haskell, Le Flore, Muskogee and Sequoyah County in OK until 8:00pm. #okwx

Alicia Agent May 20, 20136:40 pm

Tornado Warning for Benton and Washington County in AR, Adair and Cherokee County in OK until 7:15pm.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20136:31 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Adair, Cherokee, Muskogee and Sequoyah County in OK until 7:30pm

Alicia Agent May 20, 20136:31 pm

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Benton, Crawford, and Washington County in AR until 7:30pm.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20136:25 pm

Prairie Grove Police Department
**ATTENTION**
The PG Schools will open the main basketball gym at 7:30pm for anyone who needs a place to go during the storm. Officer Standifer will be present and will determine when the gym will be closed. All individuals will be required to remain in the locker room area.
(Notice: The gym is not certified as a storm shelter)

Tyler Southard May 20, 20136:01 pm

We are watching this cell very carefully. It is showing signs of supercell characteristics. This is moving NE at 55mph. There is some rotation on this.

Tyler Southard May 20, 20135:54 pm

Here is an updated look at the radar. Severe thunderstorm warnings are extending toward the OK/AR border.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20135:52 pm

Severe T-storm warning for parts of Sequoyah, Cherokee & Adair county. Radar at 5:49p

Alicia Agent May 20, 20135:50 pm

Where to take cover in LeFlore County, if needed
Arkoma First Baptist Church
Heavener Safe Room between HS and Elem.
Howe New HS Gym
LeFlore New Gym
Panama Panama Middle School
Pocola Elementary School
Poteau Safe Room High School
Poteau Safe Room Pansy Kidd Middle School
Poteau Safe Room Upper Elementary
Spiro Safe Room High School
Wister Safe Room behind new HS Gym

Alicia Agent May 20, 20135:45 pm

Preliminary estimate: The Moore tornado has raved about 30 square miles today.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20135:25 pm

edcrossokc: Best way to help Oklahoma tornado victims is to donate to the Red Cross at http://redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20135:13 pm

Sebastian County Sheriff’s Office:
The storm shelter at Ben Geren Park, Mansfield Schools, Greenwood Schools and Fort Smith Schools automatically open when the sirens are sounded. Please seek safety in the storm shelter nearest you.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20135:11 pm

Watch our newscasts and special severe weather coverage throughout the night live: http://5newsonline.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Tyler Southard May 20, 20134:22 pm

Here is a radar image of the supercell thunderstorm that produced a very large wedge tornado before it tracked into Moore (south of Oklahoma City). Notice the large size of the debris ball. This storm was on the ground for about 30 to 45 minutes. This storm last a large wake of destruction.

Tyler Southard May 20, 20134:15 pm

A line of severe weather stretching from NE of Tulsa back through OKC is moving eastward between 25-35 mph. Some of these storms are producing tornadoes, large hail, and gusty winds.

A large violent tornado struck Moore, OK in the last hour leaving widespread devastation. This tornado had a large debris ball indicated by radar over 2 miles wide.

You can see in the image below where we expect this line to be by 7PM. Isolated rogue storms may form ahead of this line.

Continue to check back with 5NEWS for updates.

Alicia Agent May 20, 20133:02 pm

Our sister station @KFOR has live streaming coverage of a tornado moving into OKC/Norman area

http://kfor.com/on-air/live-streaming/

Tyler Southard May 20, 20131:16 pm

A Tornado Watch has been issued for eastern Oklahoma and parts of NW Arkansas until 10PM.

Joe Pennington May 20, 201312:54 pm

This is what the atmosphere looks like over Norman, OK early this afternoon. The NWS released a special balloon launch to get a better idea of how the atmosphere has changed since this morning. The “cap” is very weak. This means that storm development is very likely across central and southern OK. We should see storms firing by 2pm.

Tyler Southard May 20, 201312:53 pm

Here is my current thinking on when the strongest line of storms will first move in. Some showers and storms are likely to form ahead of the main line earlier than this, but they may not be as strong.

This timing may be adjusted once storms begin to form and the newest data comes in.

Joe Pennington May 20, 201312:32 pm

The Storm Prediction Center will likely issue Tornado Watches soon that will cover parts of are area. Storms will start to rapidly develop over the next 2 hours.

Joe Pennington May 20, 201312:07 pm

Latest run of the HRRR is suggesting a bowing segment could develop along the Arkansas/Oklahoma state line around 7. This would increase the threat of damaging winds in excess of 60mph.

Alicia Agent May 20, 201311:26 am

Garrett Lewis – 5NEWS Weather Guy
We are increasingly concerned about a HIGH TORNADO THREAT today for our entire area.

Storms that begin around 3-4pm in Oklahoma will track east into our entire area with high risk of tornadoes.

Special afternoon updates coming… A widespread and dangerous severe weather outbreak looks possible.

Alicia Agent May 20, 201311:17 am

The death toll in Sunday’s Oklahoma tornado now stands at two, the state medical examiner’s office said Monday. Both victims were elderly men from Shawnee.

Alicia Agent May 20, 201311:17 am

Oklahoma Governor Tours Tornado Damage http://on.5newsonline.com/Qq5oFcV

Joe Pennington May 20, 20138:58 am

The HRRR model (rapid update model) shows explosive storm development shortly after 2PM from Tulsa to OKC. These storms will race off to the east toward our area later in the afternoon.

Joe Pennington May 20, 20137:47 am

Here is an updated look at the tornado probabilities later tonight. The highest chance to see an isolated tornado will be across eastern OK into Northwest Arkansas.

Joe Pennington May 20, 20137:17 am

Widespread severe weather is expected this evening across most of our area. The area highlighted in red (Moderate Risk) will have an enhanced risk of severe weather, including damaging winds, large hail and isolated tornadoes.



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