OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A series of strong severe storms moved across much of Oklahoma Wednesday evening.
Multiple tornado outbreaks caused damage in Seminole and Earlsboro.
Seminole incurred widespread damage.
Currently, there are no reports of significant injuries, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Shelters have been set-up at the Haney Center at Seminole State College and the First Baptist Church in Seminole.
The National Weather Service will send teams to assess the damage in Seminole, Earlsboro and any other location reporting damage.
Below is the live blog covering the tornadoes and strong storms as they developed:
11:12 p.m.: Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Eric Foster spoke with KFOR, giving his assessment of damage caused by the Seminole tornado:
11:10 p.m.: KFOR viewers Stephanie and Jimmy Brewer captured footage of the Seminole tornado after it touched down. They shared the video with KFOR:
10:56 p.m.: Academy of Seminole staff members spoke with KFOR’s Kaitor Kay about the harrowing moments when the tornado hit the school directly:
10:49 p.m.: Relief shelters have been set up for tornado victims in Seminole. The shelters are at the following locations:
- Haney Center (Seminole State College), 35390 Highway 9
- First Baptist Church, 420 Reid St.
10:38 p.m.: This photo of a tornado in the Maud and Seminole area was shared with KFOR by viewers Stephanie and Jimmy Brewer:
10:32 p.m.: The Flash Flood Warning for Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties has been extended until 1:30 a.m.
10:21 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect in Cotton and Tillman counties, both located in SW Oklahoma, until 11 p.m. Residents in the path of the storm need to take shelter immediately.
10:17 p.m.: The American Red Cross is responding in the aftermath of the Seminole tornado. Red Cross representatives said the following:
“The Red Cross has opened a shelter at the Kelly Haney Center at Seminole State College for anyone affected by the tornado. We also ask that anyone affected by the tornado call 1-800-Red-Cross.”
10:16 p.m.: The Academy of Seminole took a direct hit from the tornado. KFOR’s Kaitor Kay is at the scene to give the latest report on the damage:
10:12 p.m.: Seminole County Undersheriff Matt Haley spoke with KFOR’s Katelyn Ogle in the aftermath of a tornado. He said there were a few minor injuries. He also said there was some possible looting on Main Street amid tornado damage:
9:57 p.m.: Lincoln, Pottawatomie and Seminole counties are under a Flash Flood Warning until 1 a.m.
9:53 p.m.: The Seminole Nation of Oklahoma posted the following message regarding shelters and relief efforts following the tornado:
“For those effected by the the storms this evening an Emergency Shelter and Response Post will be set up at the Haney Center (35390 Hwy 9) at Seminole State College and another one for the Red Cross is stationed at the First Baptist Church (420 Reid St.), also in Seminole.
Power is out in some areas so check in with your elders, friends and families and make them aware if needed. More information will be released as it comes in.”
9:50 p.m.: A Tornado Watch is in effect until 4 a.m. for the following Oklahoma counties:
Adair, Atoka, Bryan, Caddo, Carter, Cherokee, Cleveland, Coal, Comanche, Cotton, Garvin, Grady, Haskell, Hughes, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnston, Kiowa, Latimer, Le Flore, Love, Marshall, McClain, McIntosh, Murray, Muskogee, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Pittsburg, Pontotoc, Pottawatomie, Pushmataha, Seminole, Sequoyah, Stephens, Tillman and Wagoner.
9:42 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect in Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties until 10:30 p.m.
9:40 p.m.: KFOR reporters Katelyn Ogle and Kaitor Kay were in Seminole, reporting on the massive damage inflicted by a tornado:
9:34 p.m.: KFOR meteorologist Aaron Brackett gave the below report on Wednesday evening’s tornadoes and the extensive damage caused:
9:29 p.m.: Eli Landry, a veterinarian with Seminole Veterinary Hospital, said the animals at the hospital, located on Harvey Road, are safe.
“We have not been able to assess damage from the tornado, but the animals are safe. We will be at clinic tomorrow cleaning up hospital damage and there for anyone that needs help,” Landry said.
8:57 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was spotted near Earlsboro, heading east at 20 mph.
8:53 p.m.: A giant tornado northeast of Seminole is heading directly for Cromwell. People in Cromwell are urged to seek shelter and take all necessary tornado precautions.
8:52 p.m.: KFOR photojournalist Dawson Pepin captured the following shots in Earlsboro:
8:49 p.m.: What to do in event of Tornado and Flash Flood Warnings:
8:48 p.m.: Aaron Brackett of the 4 Warn Storm Team is seeing trees down in Earlsboro.
8:46 p.m.: Seminole Public Schools will not be in session on Thursday.
8:46 p.m.: A Flash Flood Warning is in effect in Seminole and Pottawatomie counties until 11:45 p.m.
8:45 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect for McIntosh, Okmulgee, Muskogee and Okfuskee counties until 9:30 p.m.
8:42 p.m.: There is a possible tornado north/northeast of Seminole, according to the 4 Warn Storm Team.
8:40 p.m.: A damaging tornado is on the ground east of Earlsboro. Residents in the area need to take cover immediately, the National Weather Service says.
8:38 p.m.: KFOR’s Katelyn Ogle is in Seminole where a tornado caused extensive damage. Below are photos she took from the area:
8:33 p.m.: A Flash Flood Warning is in effect in Seminole until 11:30 p.m.
8:32 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect in Seminole and Cromwell until 9:15 p.m. KFOR crews in Seminole are taking cover for safety. Residents in Seminole and Cromwell are strongly urged to seek safety.
8:29 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Norman says a rain-wrapped tornado is likely on the ground south of Tecumseh, near Highway 177 at Little River. Residents are urged to take cover immediately.
8:28 p.m.: The Harmon County Tornado Warning has extended to Greer County and is in effect until 9:15 p.m.
8:24 p.m.: The below videos show extensive tornado damage in Seminole. The first video is ground level, the second is from Chopper 4.
8:20 p.m.: The Academy of Seminole posted to Facebook saying, “TAOS families, our school took a direct hit from the tornado this evening. We will be accessing the damage over the next few days. Please do not come to the school: it is extremely dangerous. Everyone who was at the school is safe.We will not have school tomorrow and will let you know how we will proceed. We will begin organizing volunteer efforts and will be reaching out to families to see how we can help one another. We will continue to post updates as we are able.We love you, Spartans! Please stay safe!”
8:18 p.m.: A Tornado Warning remains in effect for Okfuskee County until 8:45 p.m.
8:12 p.m.: More than 11,600 OG&E customers are without power across Oklahoma as tornadic weather impacts the state. Seminole County has the most outages, 6,600. Hughes County, which neighbors Seminole, has 2,519 outages. Oklahoma County has 1,748 outages.
8:08 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect for Pottawatomie and Seminole counties until 8:45 p.m.
8:00 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect for Harmon County until 8:45 p.m.
7:58 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect for Henryetta, Okmulgee and Okemah until 8:45 p.m.
7:54 p.m.: The dangerous storm with large tornado potential may have veered away from Okemah, according to KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan.
7:48 p.m.: A storm with large tornado potential is threatening Okemah. Residents are strongly urged to take precautions.
7:43 p.m.: Tornado looks to be continuing in the area of I-40 west of Okemah, according to KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan.
7:41 p.m.: Tribbey and Brooksville need to take precautions. KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan said there’s a likely tornado threatening those areas.
7:37 p.m.: Chopper 4 pilot Mason Dunn says much of the extensive damage in Seminole is in the city’s south side. He said he has not heard any reports of people being injured. The below gallery contains several images of the damage.
7:29 p.m.: To stay on top of severe weather watches and warnings near you, go to kfor.com/weather/weather-alerts.
7:28 p.m.: A tornado-producing storm was spotted near Cromwell, heading east at 25 mph.
7:25 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect in western Okfuskee County.
7:23 p.m.: The National Weather Service says a dangerous storm is continuing in northern Seminole County and could possible impact northern Hughes County.
7:20 p.m.: A look at the extensive damage in Seminole caused by a confirmed tornado:
7:18 p.m.: Multiple power lines are down in Seminole, where power is out. A confirmed tornado caused major damage to the area.
7:17 p.m.: KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan said Cromwell is in high danger of a tornado at this time.
7:12 p.m.: Possible gas leaks, multiple roofs blown off, several buildings destroyed in downtown Seminole.
7:11 p.m.: The Tornado Warning for Seminole County has been extended until 8 p.m.
7:10 p.m.: Footage of the tornado in Seminole:
7:09 p.m.: The National Weather Service offers the following tornado safety tips:
7:06 p.m.: The tornado near Seminole will cross I-40 west in Okemah. The National Weather Service urges people traveling in either direction of I-40 to not drive into the storm.
7:04 p.m.: The tornado that moved out of Seminole is continuing in a northeast direction, according to the National Weather Service. KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan says residents in the Cromwell area need to take precautions.
7:01 p.m.: A 4 Warn Storm Team tracker says the tornado has exited Seminole.
7:00 p.m.: The National Weather Service is now saying a confirmed tornado was located near Seminole, heading northeast at 20 mph.
6:58 p.m.: A multi-vortex tornado has caused intermittent damage from Maud to Seminole. Buildings in downtown Seminole have taken significant damage.
6:57 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Norman said storms are intensifying near Newcastle. Residents in the OKC metro are advised to stay alert.
6:55 p.m.: KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan said a large tornado is going through the south side of Seminole near Highway 9.
6:51 p.m.: KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan said a dangerous storm with high tornadic potential is heading toward Seminole. He urges Seminole residents to take precautions and get to safety.
6:50 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was spotted four miles southeast of Criner, heading northeast at 30 mph, according to the National Weather Service.
6:47 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect in Seminole County until 7:15 p.m.
6:45 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect for McClain and Cleveland Counties until 7:30 p.m.
6:42 p.m.: The National Weather Service said a confirmed tornado was located near Maud, heading 30 mph.
6:40 p.m.: A Tornado Warning is in effect for northern Seminole County in East Central Oklahoma until 7:15 p.m.
6:35 p.m.: There are unconfirmed reports of damage on the north side of Maud.
6:35 p.m.: Community members in Purcell, Wayne and Payne need to be on alert for possible tornadic activity.
6:32 p.m.: A large, multi-vortex tornado is on the ground five miles west of Maud. Tornado sirens are sounding in the Maud area. Community members in Maud and Seminole are urged to take tornado precautions.
6:26 p.m.: Maud residents are urged to take tornado precautions. KFOR meteorologist Mike Morgan says a tornado is on the ground five miles west of Maud. A 4 Warn Weather Team storm tracker says the tornado looks fairly large.
6:18 p.m. A Tornado Warning is in effect for Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties until 7:00 p.m.
6:15 p.m.: A Tornado Watch is in effect until 10 p.m. for Northeastern Oklahoma.
6:15 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm was spotted three miles northwest of Sand Springs, heading northeast at 40 mph.
6:05 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Norman says a Central Oklahoma storm is becoming more organized with increasing rotation. Pottawatomie County residents are advised to keep an eye out for storm dangers.
6:05 p.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning is in effect until 6:15 p.m. for Southeastern Cleveland and Western Pottawatomie counties.
6 p.m.: There are currently around 165 closings across the area. Go to https://kfor.com/weather/closings/ to see which schools, businesses and churches are closed.
On Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a Tornado Watch for the following counties:
- Roger Mills
The watch is in effect until 10 p.m. on Wednesday.
Officials predict several rounds of severe storms are possible through early Thursday.
The National Weather Service says thunderstorms are expected to develop Wednesday afternoon and evening with severe storms likely.
The highest potential for severe weather is in parts of southwest Oklahoma.
Hail up to the size of baseballs and damaging winds are possible Wednesday afternoon and evening.
The NWS says there is also a potential for tornadoes with a medium risk generally along and south of I-40, but the highest potential is expected in parts of southwest Oklahoma.
A flood watch is in effect until 12 p.m. on Thursday. The flood watch covers the following counties: