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Tornado Threat in Oklahoma: Urgent Watch Issued

Updated: May 25

Tornado Threat in Oklahoma: Urgent Watch Issued

Tornado Threat in Oklahoma: Urgent Watch Issued


The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has declared a tornado watch effective immediately for portions of southcentral Kansas, western and central Oklahoma, and extreme northcentral Texas. This watch is in effect from 3:25 PM until 11:00 PM CDT on Saturday, May 25, 2024.


This Is a Particularly Dangerous Situation

The NWS has labeled this as a particularly dangerous situation with the following primary threats:


  • Several tornadoes and a few intense tornadoes are likely.

  • Widespread large hail, with scattered very large hail events up to 5 inches in diameter.

  • Scattered damaging winds, with isolated significant gusts up to 80 mph likely.


Storm Development and Risks

Intense supercell thunderstorm development is anticipated to continue throughout the evening. These storms, moving generally east across the watch area, carry a high risk for strong, long-track tornadoes. Additionally, the area may see giant hailstones, possibly up to 5 inches in diameter, and damaging thunderstorm wind gusts exceeding 75 mph.


The tornado watch zone stretches approximately 95 miles east and west of a line from 20 miles north northeast of Hutchinson, Kansas, to 60 miles west southwest of Sherman, Texas. Residents within this corridor should refer to the latest watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8) for a complete depiction of the watch area.


Precautionary and Preparedness Actions

Residents in the watch areas should consider this a critical alert:

  • A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and near the watch area.

  • It is essential to be vigilant, monitor weather updates, and prepare for immediate action should weather conditions worsen.

  • Listening to later statements and staying tuned for possible warnings is crucial.


Aviation Hazards

The aviation sector should prepare for severe conditions, including:


  • Tornadoes and severe thunderstorms with hail reaching the surface and aloft up to 5 inches.

  • Extreme turbulence and surface wind gusts up to 70 knots.

  • Some cumulonimbus clouds could reach maximum tops up to 650.


The situation demands high alert and readiness from both the public and aviation authorities as the event unfolds.


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