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Severe storms are possible across central and western portions of Oklahoma on Tuesday.

A tornado watch remains in effect for most of the state until midnight.

 

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A severe thunderstorm warning remains in effect until 4:15 p.m. for Alfalfa, Grant and Garfield counties.

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A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Blaine, Dewey, Custer and Major counties until 5 p.m.

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The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Jackson and Tillman counties until 4:45 p.m.

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A severe thunderstorm warning for Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman and Comanche counties has been issued until 5:15 p.m.

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A tornado warning was issued for Tillman County until 5:45 p.m. 

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Residents in Tipton and Manitou are being told to take cover now. 

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From the Oklahoma City Fire Department: 

Fire Stations are not public shelters. 

Why doesn’t Oklahoma
City have public shelters?

The
decision to not identify public storm shelters is not an easy one to make, but
the overwhelming contradicting information is more than can be ignored. The
rationale behind the decisions to not designate public buildings as storm
shelters is outlined below.

Traveling to a Shelter
One of the biggest challenges with public storm shelters is that citizens
must travel to a distant location during a severe weather event, exposing them
to the very hazard they are attempting to avoid. Vehicles are NEVER a safe
place during significant severe weather events. A significant number of tornado
related deaths are attributed to being in a vehicle. On the other hand,
standard residential construction (manufactured housing excluded) typically
provides survivable protection for 98 percent of the tornados we experience in
Oklahoma. IF those potentially impacted seek shelter early by moving to the
lowest possible level in a small interior room or closet away from exterior
openings such as doors or windows. The exceptions to this recommendation are
those living in mobile homes and many manufactured structures. Those living in
mobile homes and many manufactured structures MUST take shelter in a safe room
or personal storm shelter (discussed below) or travel to a safer location well
in advance of the storm’s arrival. Well constructed residential safe rooms or
personal storm shelters provide the BEST protection against the impact of
tornadoes, including those considered as extremely violent. These types of
personal shelters provide the same, if not greater, protection than public
storm shelters without the travel risk and other issues.

Shelter Capacity
Most local jurisdictions simply do not have access to enough readily available
and functionally feasible sheltering locations to accommodate even a reasonably
small percentage of their population. This often leads to people traveling to a
public storm shelter site only to find the shelter is full putting themselves
and their families at greater risk. Public storm shelters are not designed to
protect thousands of citizens. If a jurisdiction were to try to construct and
maintain sufficient space to protect even a majority of its population, the
costs would be prohibitive.

Shelter Availability
The shelters may not always be open. In many instances, if they exist, local
public storm shelters are either unstaffed or staffed by volunteers, volunteers
that may not always be available. In other words, there might not be anyone
available to open and manage the shelter. Even those shelters intended to be
opened and operated by paid personnel may not always be open if those people
are unavailable.

Shelter Construction
The shelter construction standards have evolved over the last several years as
a result of thorough engineering tests. Many facilities designated as shelters
in the past no longer meet the current FEMA shelter construction standards, nor
do they meet the current Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance
standards. Concerns of not providing adequate/ safe shelters also apply to
well-meaning private property owners that offer their structures as shelters.

Shelter Rules, Risks and Liabilities
Many jurisdictions have determined that the risks and liabilities associated
with providing and operating public storm shelters out-weigh the potential
benefit; particularly when viewed with other factors including those listed
above.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Roger Mills, Ellis, Kiowa, Jackson, Tillman & Comanche counties until 6 p.m.

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Tornado warning for Tillman County has been canceled.

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A flash flood warning has been issued for Kiowa, Cotton, Jackson, Tillman & Comanche counties until 9:30 p.m.

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Large hail being reported near Cleo Springs in Major County. Photo courtesy: Sonda Schwerdtfeger

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A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Custer, Washita and Dewey counties until 6:30 p.m.

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This just posted on the El Reno Police Department Facebook Page: 

The public storm shelters at the schools are now open, no significant threats at this time, please be weather aware. No pets and please don’t park in the roadway.

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Minor street flooding is being reported with a storm in Chickasha. It is not severe at this time.

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70 mile an hour straight line winds and large hail are being reported in Woodward. 

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Alfalfa and Grant counties until 6:45 p.m.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Kiowa, Washita, Beckham and Greer counties until 7 p.m.

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Severe thunderstorm warning extended to cover Blaine, Woods, Dewey, Woodward & Major counties until 7 p.m.

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Alfalfa, Woods, Grant, Garfield and Major counties until 7:45 p.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Oklahoma, McClain, Grady and Cleveland counties until 7:45 p.m.

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Small hail and heavy rain is currently moving into Norman.

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Severe thunderstorm warning in effect for Canadian, Caddo & Grady counties until 8:15 p.m. 

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Blaine & Kingfisher counties under a severe thunderstorm warning until 8 p.m. 

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A flash flood warning was issued for Kiowa, Caddo and Comanche counties until 9:30 p.m.

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The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Cotton, Jefferson, Stephens and Comanche counties until 8:30 p.m.

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Power flashes and strong winds are being reported in Chickasha.

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Power flashes are being seen near Mustang. Residents are encouraged to stay away from windows.

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A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Oklahoma, Kingfisher, McClain, Canadian, Logan, Grady, Cleveland and Payne counties until 9 p.m. 

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Power flashes were just seen at Mercy Hospital in northwest Oklahoma City. 

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A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Kingfisher, Kay, Logan, Noble, Grant and Garfield counties until 9 p.m.

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There are pockets of power outages in the metro area. 

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The National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for Oklahoma, McClain, Canadian, Caddo, Grady and Cleveland counties until midnight.

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Tornado warning issued for Oklahoma County until 9:15 p.m.

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A storm tracker reports a tornado crossing I-44 near Hiwassee Rd., near the Turner Turnpike in Arcadia. Residents in the area should take their tornado precautions now. 

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Oklahoma City fire officials say downed power lines were found near a store in the 10900 block of N. MacArthur Blvd.

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Police confirm a downed tree & snapped power lines near S.W. 44th & Sara Rd. 

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Severe thunderstorm warning issued for Bryan, McClain, Johnston, Love, Carter, Pontotoc, Murray, Marshall & Garvin counties until 9:45 p.m.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Logan & Lincoln counties until 9:15 p.m.

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Here’s a look at damage near S.W. 44th & Morgan Rd. 

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Currently, no tornado warnings are in effect.

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OG&E reports 21,000 people are without power at this time.

KFOR Digital Desk April 26, 20169:39 pm

 Reported damage at Hiawassee and Danforth

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Damage reported near Hiwassee and 66 

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KFOR Digital Desk April 26, 201610:02 pm

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A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Bryan, McClain, Seminole, Johnston, Pontotoc, Hughes, Atoka, Marshall, Coal and Garvin counties until 10:30 p.m.

KFOR Digital Desk April 26, 201610:22 pm

We are closing the live blog at this time.