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As storms moved across the state, they caused tornadoes, damaging winds and flooding.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20155:51 pm

A Tornado Watch has been issued for the following counties until 2 a.m. Sunday:

  • Atoka
  • Bryan
  • Caddo
  • Canadian
  • Carter
  • Cleveland
  • Coal
  • Comanche
  • Cotton
  • Garvin
  • Grady
  • Greer (until 7 p.m. Saturday)
  • Harmon (until 7 p.m. Saturday)
  • Hughes
  • Jackson
  • Jefferson
  • Johnston
  • Kiowa
  • Lincoln
  • Love
  • Marshall
  • McClain
  • Murray
  • Oklahoma
  • Pontotoc
  • Pottawatomie
  • Seminole
  • Stephens
  • Tillman

*** A FLASH FLOOD WATCH IS IN EFFECT THROUGH THE WEEKEND. ***

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20155:57 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20155:57 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20155:59 pm

Rotation seen above Bethany! 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:00 pm

Mike Morgan: Take precautions in Bridge Creek right now

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:02 pm

Tornado warning issued for Sulphur and Pontotoc County

Confirmed tornado on the ground near Sulphur moving due north.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:05 pm

Tornado warnings have been issued for Garvin, Murray, Pontotoc, Hughes, and Seminole counties until 6:30 p.m.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:08 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:08 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:08 pm

Joshua Sterling sent this pic from NW 14 and Rockwell

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:09 pm

County road 125/Brent Layton 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:11 pm

Mustang Road between Reno and 10th Priscilla Esquivias-Smith

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:12 pm

Tornado on the ground near Ada.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:14 pm

Damage near Minco/Jacob Wade 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:16 pm

Tornado warning issued in McClain County

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:19 pm

Quite a few areas of fairly small tornadoes right now, a big concern is on HWY 9 south of Newscastle

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:20 pm

Heavy circulation along HWY 9 corridor.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:21 pm

Vanessa Ragland/Yukon

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:24 pm

Funnel halfway to the ground on the south side of Blanchard

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:27 pm

Kahle S Stagner/Yukon off HWY 66 and Sarah Rd 
Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:28 pm

HWY 9 shut down at Blanchard and Newcastle exit

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:28 pm

Clinton Flooding/ @Laci_Danielle

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:29 pm

Brianna Pittman

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:30 pm

Hook seen on radar coming directly into Moore

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:30 pm

Mike Morgan: No tornado warning yet, but heads up, Moore!

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:32 pm

NW 52 and May/Joshua Turnbull

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:36 pm

Theresa Pyka‎-Tornado North of Sulphur taken from Murray County Expo.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:37 pm

Sirens going off in Moore! Take cover. No tornado on the ground, but things are changing fast!

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:41 pm

Just north of Marlow/Natalie Jones

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:43 pm

The tornado warning continues for Garvin and Stephens counties until 7 p.m.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:44 pm

Mike Morgan: some parts of the state have gotten 7 inches of rain today

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:44 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:45 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:45 pm

Lots of flooding all around the Metro right now.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:45 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:45 pm

Tornado warning in Hughes and Seminole counties until 7 p.m.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20156:47 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:49 pm

NW 21st and Division in Bethany/Jennifer Stutts

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20156:54 pm

Tornado warning between Blanchard and Middleberg

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:01 pm

OKC
firemen saving a woman from a car stuck in high waters. North May and Hefner
Road. Submitted by Laura E.

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:06 pm

A tornado warning remains in effect for McClain, Pontotoc and Pottawatomie counties until 7:30 p.m.

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:06 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:06 pm

Near Academy Sports on Northwest Expressway / Anna Kelough 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:07 pm

Tornado Warnings are in effect for Grady, Garvin, McClain, Hughes, Stephens, Pottowatomie, Pontotoc and Seminole counties.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:08 pm

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:09 pm

A tornado warning is in effect for Seminole & Hughes counties until 7:30 p.m.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:10 pm

Bethany/Jessicca Asiata

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:10 pm

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Will Rogers Park at NW 36 and Portland/Trenton Beliel

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:14 pm

SW 29th and Portland/Olga Gonzalez

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:16 pm

Residents in Holdenville need to take their tornado precautions as a strong storm moves through the area. 

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:16 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:16 pm

The eastbound onramp to I-40 from northbound I-44 is flooded. 

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:17 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:17 pm

The eastbound onramp to I-40 from northbound I-44 is flooded. 

Photo courtesy Amanda Cook

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:18 pm

Cleveland, Garvin, McClain Counties, you are still under a tornado warning.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:19 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:20 pm

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:21 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:22 pm

Tornado on the ground on the north side of Wayne, Ok.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:22 pm

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:23 pm

A strong storm with a possible tornado is north of Wayne, south of Lexington. Residents should take their tornado precautions.

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:24 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:27 pm

Danforth and Western/Jennifer Snow

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:28 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:30 pm

Oklahoma City PD  will be activating sirens for the south east part of the city and Clevland County

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:32 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for Pottawatomie County until 8 p.m.

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:33 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:35 pm

NW 23rd and Villa/Ivan Pena

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:36 pm

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KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:45 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:50 pm

We are moving the Stanley Cup to KAUT Freedom 43. 

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:52 pm

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Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:55 pm

Tornado sirens are sounding in Lindsey. Find your safe place and stay weather aware!

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:56 pm

Blanchard officials are reporting that five to 10 homes have been damaged by strong winds.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20157:58 pm

Tornado confirmed on the ground near Okemah. It’s about 2 minutes away coming from the south.

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:58 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for Okfuskee County until 8:30 p.m. A possible tornado is on the ground with this storm. Residents near Okemah should take their tornado precautions.

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20157:59 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20157:59 pm

Near NW 63rd & Classen/ Norman Arnold 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:01 pm

NW 50/Sharon Groom

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20158:02 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:02 pm

Union City/Miriam McFarland

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:04 pm

SW 63rd and Blackwelder/Derrick Samuels

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20158:06 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for southeastern Cleveland County until 8:30 p.m.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:09 pm

Pauls Valley/Marcus Perry

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:10 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:10 pm

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KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20158:11 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:12 pm

“Tornado damage from Pocasset it went right over the top of Clayton Smith’s house.” – Shane Rumley
KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20158:13 pm

We are getting flooding reports from all parts of the Oklahoma City metro. 

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20158:14 pm

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:14 pm
KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20158:15 pm

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20158:16 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for a storm on the northeast side of Wewoka. Residents need to take their tornado precautions. 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:18 pm

A tornado warning has been issued for Hughes and Seminole counties until 8:45 p.m.

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20158:20 pm

Here’s a look at wind damage from NW 63rd & May. 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:22 pm



Pocasset, OK./
Keith Dennis

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:24 pm

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:26 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20158:31 pm

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:31 pm

Downtown Guthrie/John Simon

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20158:33 pm

3 miles west of Pocasset

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20158:34 pm

3 miles west of Pocasset

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:34 pm

There is a raging river flowing through my hood. Lol

A post shared by Ben Murrell (@benjaminbarrett) on

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20158:35 pm

Tornado warning remains in effect for Okfuskee, Latimer, Le Flore, Creek and Okmulgee counties until 9 p.m.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:36 pm

Here’s the Oklahoma Standard at work!

Anna Elizabeth Kelough’s cousin and his wife stalled out on Northwest Expressway. This Good Samaritan on the left stopped to jump their car in the heavy downpour we experienced earlier.

The family has many thanks for this man!

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:39 pm

Blackwell Okla Flooding Near the VFW on Ferguson

Maria Gypsy Parson‎

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20158:44 pm

Almost half of the state is currently under a flash flood warning. Remember to ‘turn around, don’t drown.’

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:47 pm

@kfortv4 OKC Golf and Country Club at 63rd St. #okc #flood

A post shared by Michelle (@mifuller90) on

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:47 pm

Chad Bilyeu sent us this shot of flooding coming into his home in Chickasha.

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:49 pm
Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:50 pm

"but the light was green?!" #okc #oklahoma #flood #stormseason #thesepeopleareidiots

A post shared by Haley Cooper (@hungoverhaley) on

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:52 pm
Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:53 pm

I'm expecting another vehicle sacrifice. #OKC #flood

A post shared by Martin Andraszek (@martinok) on

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20158:54 pm

Highway Closures Alert 5-23-15 as of 8:30 p.m. 
***The following highways are closed due to high water or damage from recent flooding. As conditions rapidly change with heavy rainfall this evening, updates will be issued as information change***
Do NOT drive into high water, turn around if possible. Drivers are cautioned to heed warning signs and to not drive around barricades.
OKC Metro
Southbound I-44 ramp to eastbound I-40 closed.
Bryan County
SH-22 is closed one miles west of SH-48.
Canadian County
U.S. 270 is closed from Calumet extending one mile east. 
SH 4 is closed from SH-66 to Willshire.
Cherokee County
SH-80 is closed about 4 miles west of Hulbert between SH-51 and US-62.
Choctaw County
SH-70 is closed east of Boswell at the Muddy Boggy River.
Cotton County
SH-5B is closed between SH-5A and US-70.
Grant County
SH-81 is closed from Medford extending north to the state line.
Jerfferson County
SH-32 is closed near Ryan, detour using US-81 or SH-89 to US-70
Johnston County
US-377/SH-99 is closed to through traffic just south of Tishomingo. Traffic is detoured on SH-1/SH-22 through Ravia and US-177/SH-199.
Kingfisher County
SH-33 is closed three miles west of SH-74F.
Kiowa County
SH-54 is closed to through traffic just south of SH-9 near Gotebo. Traffic is detoured using SH-19 to US-183 to SH-55. This closure is expected to last into next week.
LeFlore County
US-270 is closed just south of the junction with US-271 between Wister and Heavener due to flooding at Wister Lake. Signs are in place and traffic will be detoured to Poteau and Heavener.
Marshall County
SH-199 is closed at the Ft. Washita bridge.
Pittsburg County
SH-31 is closed from 270 jct to Haywood and to SH-31A.
SH-63 is closed from Haileyville to Kiowa.
Pushmataha County
US-271 is closed south of Clayton, detour available on SH-2 from Antlers to Clayton.

Dallas Franklin & KFOR-TV May 23, 20158:55 pm

The great #OKC #flood of 2015. Many cars were sacrificed to stupidity this day.

A post shared by Martin Andraszek (@martinok) on

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Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20159:02 pm


Here is video from the infrastructure damage that OK Emergency management was talking about. This is near NW 28th and Utah where part of the drainage ditch has washed away.

Courtesy Paul Gilmore.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20159:04 pm


Here is video from the infrastructure damage that OK Emergency management was talking about. This is near NW 28th and Utah where part of the drainage ditch has washed away.

Courtesy Paul Gilmore.

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20159:10 pm

Off of 46st and SW Villa/Aquetsali Chavez

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20159:16 pm

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Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 20159:21 pm



Sasakwa Ok. Trees and power lines down./
Leslie Walton

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20159:27 pm

As rain continues across the state, the flash flood warnings for Kingfisher and Canadian counties have been extended until 3 a.m.

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20159:27 pm

Holdenville / Tanya Jackson

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20159:29 pm

South of Lake Thunderbird/

KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20159:29 pm

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20159:41 pm

Stillwater/ Sandra Strickler 

KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20159:46 pm

Updated at 9:30 p.m. from Oklahoma Department of Transportation 

OKC Metro
Southbound I-44 ramp to eastbound I-40 closed. 

Canadian County
U.S. 270 is closed from Calumet extending one mile east. 
SH 4 is closed from SH-66 to Willshire.

Cherokee County
SH-80 is closed about 4 miles west of Hulbert between SH-51 and US-62.

Choctaw County
SH-70 is closed east of Boswell at the Muddy Boggy River.

Cotton County
SH-5B is closed between SH-5A and US-70.

Grant County
SH-81 is closed from Medford extending north to the state line.

Jerfferson County
SH-32 is closed near Ryan, detour using US-81 or SH-89 to US-70

Johnston County
US-377/SH-99 is closed to through traffic just south of Tishomingo. Traffic is
detoured on SH-1/SH-22 through Ravia and US-177/SH-199.

Kingfisher County
SH-33 is closed three miles west of SH-74F.

Kiowa County
SH-54 is closed to through traffic just south of SH-9 near
Gotebo. Traffic is detoured using SH-19 to US-183 to SH-55. This
closure is expected to last into next week.

LeFlore County

US-270 is closed just south of the junction with US-271 between Wister and
Heavener due to flooding at Wister Lake. Signs are in place and traffic will be
detoured to Poteau and Heavener. 

Marshall County
SH-199 is closed at the Ft. Washita bridge.

Okmulgee County
SH-16 and US-75A are closed north and south of Beggs.

Pittsburg County
SH-31 is closed from 270 jct to Haywood and to SH-31A.
SH-63 is closed from Haileyville to Kiowa.

Pushmataha County
US-271 is closed south of Clayton, detour available on SH-2 from Antlers
to Clayton. 


KFOR-TV & K. Querry May 23, 20159:48 pm

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KFOR-TV Digital Desk May 23, 20159:58 pm

South Main, Hiway 6, 
Elk City/ Alicia Tennery 

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 201510:01 pm
This was in Francis just to the NE of Ada, courtesy Anna Elaine Knutson


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Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 201510:17 pm

Lake Texoma is getting *really* high. Thanks to Jessica Findley for send this!

Rebecca Cantrell May 23, 201510:19 pm

Pocasset/Claudia Parker