Severe Weather Sweeps Across Southern Plains, Producing at Least Two Tornadoes

Fast-moving storms damaged parts of a town and at least one school in northeastern Oklahoma, while severe weather in Texas forced the state fair to close early.

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A band of severe weather moving across Oklahoma late Sunday and into Monday spawned at least two tornadoes and prompted a wave of warnings, a weather official said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths.

The first tornado was reported about three miles north-northwest of Gore, Okla., in Sequoyah County, according to 4029 News, a local television station in Arkansas. A second tornado was reported after midnight about six miles south of Jay, a small city near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.

Two confirmed tornadoes have hit our area in the past 45 minutes. https://t.co/LLzYskFVYV#okwx #arwx

— 4029news (@4029news)

October 11, 2021

A possible tornado was also reported in Coweta, a suburb southeast of Tulsa, Okla., reported NewsOn6, a local television station. The storm damaged homes, a gas station and a high school.

Coweta Public Schools canceled in person and virtual classes on Monday and said that school sites would be surveyed for storm damage.

Joe Sellers, a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Tulsa, said on Monday that the number of tornadoes that touched down in eastern Oklahoma on Sunday would not be known until surveys were completed, adding that at least two to three may be confirmed. “But likely, there’s going to be more,” Mr. Sellers said.

About 5,000 customers in Oklahoma were without power as of early Monday morning, Oklahoma Gas & Electric reported.

Through Sunday evening, fast-moving storms brought severe weather, including lightning and heavy rain, to parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, where storms had forced the state fair, held in Dallas, to close early.

By early Monday, showers and storms continued to sweep across northeast Oklahoma, the Weather Service said. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds and cause torrential downpours.

“Be aware of any ongoing flooding and turn around, don’t drown if you encounter a flood roadway,” the agency said.

Mr. Sellers said he expected the weather in eastern Oklahoma to clear on Monday but that more storms were expected Tuesday evening.

Up to 2.25 inches of rain was expected across parts of Kansas and southwest Missouri through Monday morning, with isolated amounts up to four inches.

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