NNA – A flood emergency has been declared in Oklahoma City after storms dumped several inches of rain. City spokesman Kristy Yager says it’s the first flood emergency in Oklahoma City’s history. Yager says the southern part of the city saw more than 6 inches of rain Wednesday.
She says it hasn’t been safe yet to send crews to evaluate damage and barricade trouble spots. She says the city is waiting until the weather clears. Meteorologist Michael Scotten with the National Weather Service in Norman says a second storm moved through around 8:40 p.m. He says initial damage reports indicate a tornado touched down on the south side of Oklahoma City.
He says the weather service has received reports of power lines across Interstate 35 and numerous overturned vehicles. He says the storm system seems to be weakening.
At least 12 people were injured. Dozens of homes have reportedly been destroyed in parts of Oklahoma’s suburbs.
The Storm Prediction Center had warned that bad weather would come to Tornado Alley. The twister damaged homes at Bridge Creek and Blanchard, southwest of Oklahoma City, but Wednesday’s storms were far weaker than nature’s worst. Torandoes were also spotted in rural parts of Kansas and Nebraska. There was no widespread destruction.