Update: Violent outbreak of tornadoes leave at least 9 dead, 80+ injured in Oklahoma
While Oklahoma has seemingly been under the threat for tornadoes for a least the last week, today’s threat is the most dangerous in two years.
The Storm Prediction Center on Friday labeled a tornado watch issued for much of central and eastern Oklahoma including the Oklahoma City metro area as a “particularly dangerous situation (PDS),” language set aside for days with the most ripe atmospheric conditions for tornadic development.
The PDS watch covers 38 Oklahoma counties from 3:30 p.m. Friday to 12 a.m. CDT Saturday including Washington, Wagoner, Tulsa, Stephens, Seminole, Rogers, Pottawatomie, Pontotoc, Payne, Pawnee, Ottawa, Osage, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, Okfuskee, Nowata, Noble, Murray, Mayes, McClain, Logan, Lincoln, Kingfisher, Kay, Jefferson, Hughes, Grady, Garvin, Garfield, Creek, Craig, Cotton, Comanche, Cleveland, Carter, Canadian, Caddo and Blaine.
The last time the Oklahoma City metro area was under such a watch was on May 24, 2011.
Numerous rotating severe storms are expected to erupt by late Friday afternoon, after 4 p.m. CDT, with the likely potential to produce strong to violent tornadoes. Hail with the tornadic storms could also grow to the size of grapefruits and or four inches in diameter.
The tornado watch area includes Moore, where 24 people died just over a week ago in an EF-5 tornado on May 20.
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