Dangerous Storms Are Forecast In Oklahoma Tonight

Matt Lillywhite

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Dangerous thunderstorms and flash flooding are forecast in Oklahoma tonight, according to the National Weather Service. "A few storms could be severe this evening and tonight, mainly north of the Interstate 30 corridor in Southeast Oklahoma, extreme Southwest Arkansas, and extreme Northeast Texas. Damaging winds and large hail will be the primary threats. In addition, locally heavy rainfall and high rainfall rates could result in isolated flooding."

As you can see from the map below, severe thunderstorms and flash flooding are possible in southeastern Oklahoma today:

A flood watch has been issued for southeastern Oklahoma by the National Weather Service. Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, Latimer, Le Flore, McIntosh, Muskogee, Pittsburg, and Sequoyah are among the affected cities. "Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Low-water crossings may be flooded. Extensive street flooding and flooding of creeks and rivers are possible."

If you are told to evacuate, leave immediately. The US Government recommends putting important documents (such as passports) in a waterproof container. If floodwaters enter your home or building, get to the highest level as soon as possible. However, you should not climb into a closed attic as you might get trapped by rising floodwater.

According to FEMA (a government agency), you should never drive through floodwaters. "Do not attempt to cross floodwaters. The depth of the water is not always obvious. Moving water has tremendous power. Six inches of moving water has the potential to knock you off your feet, and a foot of water can sweep a vehicle—even a large SUV—off of the road."

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