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Tornado formation in Tulsa Oklahoma

Posted on 31. May, 2013 by

Severe storm system coursing through Midwest, could bring more twisters
Weather forecasters expect strong winds, hail, possible flooding
Tornado touches down outside Tulsa
At least one tornado touched down Thursday evening in the Tulsa area, the National Weather Service says.

Keli Cain, spokeswoman for Oklahoma emergency management, said they have reports of roof damage in Broken Arrow from a tornado. “We don’t know the extent of it,” she said.

Earlier in the day, tornadoes touched down in Oklahoma and Arkansas, injuring at least nine people.

The weather service said a tornado touched down Thursday near the town of Perkins in northeast Oklahoma. A second tornado was reported near Ripley, about 10 miles to the east. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Another twister was reported near Oden, Ark., a rural area in the western part of the state, injuring at least one resident whose home was destroyed.

The weather service said the threat of tornadoes for eastern Oklahoma and northwest and west-central Arkansas remained through Thursday night. Tennis-ball-size hail, strong wind and isolated flooding were a concern.

“Right now we’ve been getting a few thunderstorms, but they’re very severe supercell thunderstorms,” says meteorologist Michael Scotten. “The whole storm rotates, and they produce on occasion some tornadoes and heavy hail.”

Oklahoma is still reeling from the devastating May 20 twister that hit the city of Moore, killing 24 and injuring more than 250.

Severe weather was also possible in other parts of the central United states, including parts of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Ongoing thunderstorms had already dumped up to 5 inches of rainfall in some areas of the region, which could lead to flooding later Thursday.