Tornadoes kill 1 in Oklahoma as strike hits southern Plains
- At least one person was killed in Friday night’s tornadoes.
- There are multiple reports of damage and injuries in northeast Texas.
- A daily rainfall record was set at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
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There were multiple reports of damage and injuries, and at least one person was killed in tornadoes and storms that ripped through parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Friday.
In McCurtain County, Oklahoma, emergency manager Cody McDaniel confirmed one death to The Associated Press but did not provide further details. The county is home to the town of Idabel, which was heavily damaged by a tornado on Friday night.
Authorities urged everyone to stay away from Idabel while they work to clean up the damage and check on residents.
Elsewhere, injuries included a truck driver who was taken to the hospital when his truck overturned and a person was hit by a falling tree, both in southern Oklahoma.
An estimated dozens of homes were damaged in Northeast Texas, trees and power lines were downed across the region, and hundreds of flights were canceled at airports in Dallas.
(MORE: The latest weather forecast)
Here are our updates as the news broke on Friday.
(9:34 pm ET) The storm is moving east
Thunderstorms are now moving east into Arkansas, Louisiana and southeast Texas. These storms will expand overnight with the threat of damaging wind gusts and a few tornadoes.
(9:28 pm ET) Record rainfall in Dallas
More than 3 inches it rained at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The previous record was 1.77 inches in 1956.
(8:59 pm ET) Tens of thousands without power
almost 40,000 homes and businesses are without power in Texas, many in the northeastern part of the state, according to PowerOutage.us.
Almost 60% of electricity customers in small Red River County have outages. Video posted on social networks showed extensive damage.
Another 5,000 outages were reported across the state line to the north in Oklahoma.
(8:12 pm ET) Damage assessment underway in Hopkins County, Texas
Emergency services are assessing the situation in Hopkins County, Texas, where at least four houses sustained heavy damage, according to a Facebook post from the sheriff’s office about an hour ago. The Salvation Army is helping affected residents.
Video footage from the area showed debris lofted into the air.
(7:35 pm ET) Multiple homes damaged in Lamar County, Texas
Roger Bussell, fire chief in Powderly, Texas, estimated at least 25 to 30 homes were damaged there. Bussell said in a phone call that several people were injured, but that most were believed to be minor.
(6:48 p.m. ET) Tornado Watch for parts of Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas
A tornado watch has been issued for eastern and inland southeast Texas, northwest Louisiana, western Arkansas and far southeast Oklahoma. A few tornadoes, damaging wind gusts and severe hail are possible in this area during the evening.
(6:45 pm ET) A falling tree sends one person to the hospital in southern Oklahoma
At least one person was injured in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, just across the border from where damage and injuries were reported in northeast Texas.
The incident in Oklahoma happened when a tree fell, according to a 911 dispatcher.
(6:23 pm ET) Damage, injuries after tornadoes in Northeast Texas
There is damage and injuries after a tornado is confirmed in Lamar County, Texas. A county dispatcher told weather.com in a phone call that additional information was not immediately available and that the county was in active response mode.
Lamar County is about 80 miles northeast of the Dallas-Fort Worth area and includes the cities of Paris, Reno and Hopewell.
A photograph posted by KTVT-TV on social media shows uprooted trees and a heavily damaged home.
(6:02 pm ET) Hundreds of flights canceled
There were hundreds of flights canceled or postponed in reports from the Dallas area, according to aviation tracker FlightAware. Travel was also hit at Dallas-Fort Worth International and Dallas Love Field.
American Airlines spokeswoman Sarah Jantz told the Dallas Morning-News that some of the changes due to weather in other parts of the country, and many flight changes at DFW were made ahead of time to limit last-minute disruptions.
(5:47 pm ET) More power outages in Texas
O 22,000 Power outages have been reported in Texas, according to PowerOutage.us. About half are in the Dallas area.
(4:49 pm ET) Dallas mayor: ‘Wait if you can’
Some metro areas, including Dallas-Fort Worth, could experience worsening severe weather during Friday’s evening rush hour.
“Do not go out or travel in this weather, please,” Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson tweeted a while ago. “Wait if you can.”
here what to do if you see a tornado while driving.
(4:24 pm ET) Semi blown up, driver injured in Oklahoma
Kenneth EpplerThe emergency manager for the city of Durant in Bryan County, Oklahoma, said the driver of the semi-truck was injured when the vehicle overturned.
The incident happened on Highway 75, according to a photograph shared by KXII-TV. Eppler told weather.com in a phone call that the extent of the driver’s injuries is unknown.
Eppler also said mobile homes were blown up at a dealership in the area, where a tornado warning issued by the National Meteorological Service.
(3:26 pm ET) Initial reports of damage and high winds
The first announcements of bad weather are coming from Texas and Oklahoma. They are reports of damaged mobile homes and downed trees and power lines in Bryan County in southern Oklahoma. The fight was reported in Haskell and Grayson counties in Texas.
Gusts of up to 60 mph are being reported in the Dallas area.
(2:11 pm ET) Tornado Watch Through This Night
Parts of north and northeast Texas, southwest Oklahoma, and northwest Arkansas, including the DFW Metroplex and Tulsa, are under tornado watch until 20:00 local time. More tornadoes, severe hail, and damaging wind gusts are possible in the area through the evening. A tornado or two could be strong.
(1:52 pm ET) Where to go if your home or business doesn’t have a basement
Although most people are aware that it is the safest placeduring severe weather and tornado warnings is in the basement or basement, not everyone lives and works in a building equipped with this.
For those who do not have a basement at home, school or work, the safest place to take shelter is a windowless room in the center of the building on the ground floor. This often turns out to be the bathroom. Another safe haven can be a shelter under the stairs, in a closet or even in the hallway.
When you reach your safe haven, crouch as low as possible to the ground, face down with your arms above your head to protect yourself from flying debris. Refrain from seeking shelter next to any heavy objects that could fall on you. It’s always a good idea to wear shoes and try to put on a bike or football helmet if available.
(1:30 p.m. ET) Level 4 risk issued
Widespread damaging wind gusts and tornadoes are expected in the Arklatex region by this evening. The Storm Prediction Center issued a “Level 4” risk for that area. This kind of forecast is issued only ten times a year.
In general, the Southern Plains east to the Ozarks could see severe weather through tonight, with Oklahoma City, Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, Houston, Shreveport and Little Rock among the metro areas at risk.
Here it is the latest forecast from weather.com meteorologists.
(12:59 pm ET) What to do on the watch vs. the warning
Serious weather to watch, whether it’s a thunderstorm or a tornado, is a sign to be careful and prepared. Keep an eye on forecast updates and have an evacuation plan.
A warning means it’s time to take action because severe weather is currently occurring or imminent in your area.
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