Published: Wed, May 22, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Storm System Slams Texas, Oklahoma with Hail, High Winds, Tornadoes

Storm System Slams Texas, Oklahoma with Hail, High Winds, Tornadoes

The chances of tornadoes, including strong ones, severe wind in excess of 75 miles per hour, and hail larger than two inches are all greater than 95%.

The weekend storms brought tornadoes and unprecedented flooding across the central USA in the region known as "Tornado alley".

"It's real unsafe", said Ross Reuter, a spokesman for Canadian County, where 10 people were rescued.

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Heavy rain was called a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident Tuesday near Springfield, Missouri. He said there were no reports that people or animals were injured.

Sunday was third day in a row that severe thunderstorms rolled across the United States, following damaging storms and tornadoes in the nation's midsection Friday, May 17 into Saturday, May 18, according to meterologists at Accuweather. She had only minor injuries.

In 2013, a deadly tornado devastated Moore, a suburb just south of Oklahoma City, destroying an elementary school and killing several students inside.

According to emergency personnel in Oklahoma, there is minimal tornado damage, but rain has flooded roads in Garfield County.

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The Oklahoma City public school system and the University of Oklahoma in Norman were shut down because of the risky weather threat.

Parts of Oklahoma and Texas are bracing for what could be a tornado outbreak today.

Serious river flooding - including along the already swollen Mississippi River - also is expected in the central United States as another 2 to 5 inches of rain are expected to fall over the region in the next few days. Forecasters were warning of potentially strong storms expected to arrive shortly after the game was scheduled to start.

The twister touched down at about 6:30 a.m. about 4 miles (6 kilometers) from the airport.

"On top of emergency crews trying to fix power lines and other damage from the tornado", the department said, "the roads are now flooding due to the intense rain".

Storms spread across the Great Lakes/Ohio Valley area and most of the Northeast on Sunday.

The Missouri River is expected to reach major flood stage by the end of the week at Jefferson City, Hermann, St. Charles and elsewhere. Sandbagging won't help because the levee is too long, he said. ".I just said, 'Hey, God, get us through this.' I was holding on tight to the steering wheel", Clendenin says.

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