Parts of southern and central Plains were hit by tornadoes, while Oklahoma suffered highway shutdowns, flight delays and flying debris due to a severe storm. Nebraska, central Kansas and central Oklahoma were hit by tornadoes as well, said the National Weather Service, which issued tornado warnings for Bluegrove, Buffalo Springs and Southern Clay County.
Multiple twisters caused the Will Rogers Airport in Oklahoma City to be evacuated twice, and a warning was raised due to high water in the vicinity of the airport. This was identified as the main threat, report the media. Oklahoma City, for the first time in history, declared a flash flood emergency. According to the warning issued by the weather service, residents should abstain from driving and the situation was characterized as dangerous and deadly. The reports said that the police building, municipal courts and government buildings were flooded last night.
A tornado emergency was declared for Moore, Oklahoma, where 24 people lost their lives in a severe storm in 2013. The current weather, luckily, was not as intense. No injuries were reported, and widespread destruction did not take place – the storm caused some facades to fall off.
The weather service has warned that similar weather is expected until the rest of the week. "People just really need to stay weather aware, have a plan and understand that severe storms are possible across portions of the southern Plains almost daily through Saturday," Jonathan Kurtz, National Weather Service meteorologist said.