Claremore Daily Progress

April 17, 2013

Tornado watch issued as storms move into Oklahoma

Staff Reports
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY —

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for much of southwestern, central and northeastern Oklahoma as a storm system moves into the state.

Forecasters at the Storm Prediction Center in Norman say there's a moderate risk of severe thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon and night. The storms may be accompanied by tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds. The tornado watch expires at 11 p.m.

Scattered thunderstorms are expected in western and central Oklahoma Wednesday afternoon. Large thunderstorms are possible across far southwestern Oklahoma and western north Texas this evening. Forecasters say very large hail and tornadoes are likely with any severe storm that develops.

A strong cold front will push into the state overnight accompanied by a line of storms, large hail and wind gusts of up to 75 mph.