Significant tornado damage reported in Idabel, Okla.

Significant tornado damage reported in Idabel, Okla.

An active storm system brought thunderstorms, tornadoes and even snow to parts of Oklahoma on Friday.

The worst weather hit southeastern Oklahoma in Le Flore and McCurtain counties, where at least one tornado touched down near Idabel, Oklahoma, damaging homes in the area.

News on 6 Storm Tracker Von Castor was on the scene looking at the debris and found Trinity Baptist Church in Idabel completely flattened.

The Mesonet site captured winds of 108 mph in Idabel as the storm moved through.

Before reaching SE Oklahoma, this storm formed a powerful tornado in Texas that caused extensive damage and even a few deaths near Paris, Texas.

Related Story: The city of Texas is experiencing extensive damage from the storm that has moved into Idabel

The tornado also hit the Heavener, Oklahoma, area and Broken Bow, where Storm Tracker JD McManus said the twister hit a chicken feed mill and several homes. There are no reports of injuries.

Authorities in Broken Bow told McManus that a search and rescue operation was underway on the hard-hit east side of the city.

Snow fell in tracks into the holder as the temperatures dropped. News On 6 Meteorologist Travis Meyer estimates just over an inch of snow in Guymon, Oklahoma.

Related Story: Storm brings snow to Oklahoma Panhandle

Late Friday, News On 6 learned that Gov. Kevin Stitt is canceling campaign events Saturday to tour the damage in and around Idabel in the morning.

Stay tuned for updates at 6 for severe weather.

19:30 Update: Meteorologist Travis Meyer says a tornado touched down in Le Flore and McCurtain counties Friday night with reports of heavy damage and injuries in Idabel. The Oklahoma Mesonet sensor in Idabel recorded wind gusts of 108 mph and the tornado appears to have continued to Broken Bow and potentially parts of Beaver Bend State Park.

Watch live: Storm Tracker JD McManus is tracking the Le Flore County Tornado

18:00 Update: A tornado warning has been issued for Le Flore and Pushmataha counties until 6:30 p.m. Meteorologist Travis Meyer says the tornado threat continues with storms near the Oklahoma-Arkansas state line. A storm capable of producing a tornado is moving northeast into southern Le Flore County.

A flash flood warning is active for Adair, Cherokee, Haskell, Latimer and Muskogee counties until 9:15 p.m. and Pittsburg County until 7:45 p.m. Most of Oklahoma is under a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Tune in to the news at 6 for bad update times.

17:00 Update: Adair County is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:45 p.m

A tornado warning has been issued for Le Flore, Sequoyah and Pushmataha counties until 5:30 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Haskell, Le Flore and Sequoyah counties until 5:30 p.m.

Some areas in Tulsa are reporting damage from the storm, but there are no immediate reports of injuries.

This is a developing story, watch news at 6 to stay updated.

16:00 Update: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers and Tulsa counties until 4:30 p.m. The NWS says this storm is moving north at 70 mph, with radar indicating gusts of 60 mph with quarter-sized hail.

The following counties are under a Tornado Watch to 8 p.m.: Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Creek, Delaware, Haskell, Hughes, Latimer, Le Flore, McIntosh, Mayes, Muskogee, Nowata, Okfuskee, Okmulgee, Ottawa, Pittsburg, Pushmataha, Rogers, Sequoyah, Tulsa.

15:30 Update: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Latimer, Pittsburg and Pushmataha counties until 4:15 pm The National Weather Service (NWS) says this storm is moving northeast at 45 mph and radar shows penny-sized hail with gusts up to 60 mph.

We are tracking a very strong storm system and a cold front that will split the state. Several strong to severe storms have already started Friday morning in western Oklahoma with hail and gusty winds.

As a cold front moves through Friday, temperatures will drop from the 70s to the 40s in some areas. Most of the Tulsa metro area will experience rain and storms in the afternoon with a sharp increase in intensity by 1-2 PM as

they encounter deeper moisture. Severe hail and wind storms are likely and there is a real risk of potential tornado warnings.

This is a developing story, watch news at 6 to stay updated.

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