OKLAHOMA CITY – Severe storms and tornado warnings swept through the state on Wednesday after days of severe weather that damaged homes and businesses and cut power to thousands of people.
Many Oklahoma residents have woken up to the sound of thunderstorm sirens as two probable tornadoes hit the Oklahoma City area on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.
Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said no injuries were reported in the city but some roofs were damaged. “Overall we are doing well! Socket wrote on Twitter Wednesday.
Two more suspected tornadoes landed in the western part of the state near Frederick and Clinton, about 85 miles west of Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service surveyed the area to confirm the intensity and extent of the tornadoes.
A tornado in Clinton ripped off the roof of an auto repair shop and knocked over power lines and traffic signs. Clinton Regional Airport reported that 28 of the 29 hangars were damaged; one collapsed on a plane and a vehicle.
In Mustang, a vehicle was seen overturned on its side near buildings with damaged roofs.
KFOR-TV meteorologist Mike Morgan said one of the tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area was a “multi-vortex” tornado.
“It was a pretty good sized cone shaped tornado and then it turned into a multi-vortex tornado,” he said.
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AccuWeather senior meteorologist Dan Pydynowski said a multi-vortex tornado is created when the wind circles several different small centers within the tornado, as opposed to a center of a tornado.
“Sometimes you have two or three crosses that the wind is spinning around,” he said. “They can be a little more dangerous, you can have a little more damage, a few different bands of damage along the path of each of the vortices. But it still depends on the wind speed, more than anything.”
Cities across Oklahoma are still recovering from a severe storm system on Sunday that brought tornadoes, heavy rain, destructive winds, baseball-sized hail and flash flooding. At least seven tornadoes had been confirmed and several more were pending verification, according to the National Weather Service. Thousands of Oklahomans have lost electricity due to storms that caused wind gusts of up to 70 mph.
The storms have spread to parts of Kansas, Missouri and Texas, Pydynowski said, adding that the front was weakening.
“There will be thunderstorms, especially later in the day across Texas, but the threat could turn into a flood threat in Texas as opposed to a severe storm threat.”
Meanwhile, Hurricane Pamela made landfall on the Pacific coast of Mexico on Wednesday. The storm could approach Texas by Thursday.
Moisture drawn northeast from Pamela “will increase the threat of heavy rains” to the southern plains by Wednesday evening, the National Weather Service said.
It has been a relatively calm year for tornadoes so far, and the total number of tornadoes for 2021 is lower than the recent three-year average. But there were a few peaks in the spring and summer, according to the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center.
Bacon reported from Arlington, Virginia. Contribute: The Associated Press