LIVE BLOG: Severe Weather Event Continues Into Tuesday
Posted on: 7:13 am, May 20, 2013, by Joe Pennington, updated on: 02:54pm, May 21, 2013
Strong storms continue Tuesday, possibly bringing hail and flood waters into the area.
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:
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!
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
Trees, powerlines down, some building damage, but no injuries reported in LeFlore County according to Michael Davidson with LeFlore Co. Emergency management
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.
OG&E reports 1225 outages in VB, 237 in FSM, and 98 in Barling
Tornado warnings continue into Franklin count..rotation detected heading toward Ozark. TAKE SHELTER NOW! #ARWX
@NWStulsa: 925pm – Tornado threat continues in west central AR, far east central OK. Reports of power flashes, tree damage have been received.
Tornado Warning for Crawford, Franklin, and Sebastian County in AR until 10:00pm
Power line (still active) on roof of Springdale home at Curtis St and Huntsville Ave. Partial roof collapse, according to Springdale Fire Department
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sebastian County, Latimer and Le Flore County in OK until 10:00pm
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5NEWS Weather Alert: Tornado Warning for Haskell, Le Flore, and Sequoyah County in OK until 9:30pm
5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Carroll and Madison County in AR until 9:30pm. #arwx
Tornado Warning for Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK and Crawford and Sebastian County in AR until 9:30pm.
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Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Latimer County, LeFlore, Sequoyah in OK, Crawford and Sebastian in AR until 9:15pm.
@woodsallison: Police – 80% of Pea Ridge without power.
National Weather Service cancels tornado warning for Crawford, Sequoyah and Sebastian counties
5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Sebastian County in AR, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK until 9:00pm.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Carroll, Madison, and Washington County in AR until 8:45pm
Tornado Watch for Montgomery, Newton, Polk, Scott, Sebastian, Washington and Yell County in AR until 3:00am
Tornado Watch for Adair, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK until 3:00am
Lightning in Siloam from Dennis
Tornado warning has been issued for this storm including parts of the River Valley and Fort Smith. Move to your safe place now!
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
Springdale police report funnel cloud touching down at Elm Springs Road and I-540
160 Ozarks Electric households in Northwest Arkansas without power, according to the company’s website
70 mph winds near Wedington Ave in Fayetteville, according to National Weather Service
Possible tornado developing near Beaver Lake, according to Benton County emergency management
Tornado Warning for Crawford and Sebastian County in AR until 8:15pm
Tornado Warning for Sequoyah County in OK until 8:15pm
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crawford, Sebastian, and Washington County in AR and Adair, Haskell, Le Flore and Sequoyah County in OK until 8:30pm.
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@NWStulsa: 718pm – Well developed bow echo in progress with 70 mph wind potential just E of I540 corridor in Benton/Washington AR Co.
@5NEWSShain: 160 Ozarks Electric households in Northwest Arkansas without power, according to the company’s website
5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Benton and Carroll County in AR until 8:00pm. #arwx
5NEWS Weather Alert: Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Adair, Haskell, Le Flore, Muskogee and Sequoyah County in OK until 8:00pm. #okwx
Tornado Warning for Benton and Washington County in AR, Adair and Cherokee County in OK until 7:15pm.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Adair, Cherokee, Muskogee and Sequoyah County in OK until 7:30pm
Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Benton, Crawford, and Washington County in AR until 7:30pm.
Prairie Grove Police Department
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)
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.
Here is an updated look at the radar. Severe thunderstorm warnings are extending toward the OK/AR border.
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
Preliminary estimate: The Moore tornado has raved about 30 square miles today.
edcrossokc: Best way to help Oklahoma tornado victims is to donate to the Red Cross at http://redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999.
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.
Watch our newscasts and special severe weather coverage throughout the night live: http://5newsonline.com/on-air/live-streaming/
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.
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.
Our sister station @KFOR has live streaming coverage of a tornado moving into OKC/Norman area
A Tornado Watch has been issued for eastern Oklahoma and parts of NW Arkansas until 10PM.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Oklahoma Governor Tours Tornado Damage http://on.5newsonline.com/Qq5oFcV
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.
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.
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.