QUETTA, Okla. – Severe storms sent suspected tornadoes and baseball-sized hailstorms across parts of Oklahoma, but no casualties were reported Monday.
Severe weather in Oklahoma late Sunday also brought heavy rain, lightning and wind to parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, and forecast more stormy weather this weekend in parts of Central America. Has gone
Chuck Hodges, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa, said severe weather in the southern plains in October was not uncommon. But Sunday’s storm was “like a spring setup.”
“We had unusually high humidity and a very, very strong weather system that passed,” he said.
Hodges said storm warnings and damage reports have been in place in Oklahoma since Sunday afternoon, and survey staff with weather services will leave Monday to determine how many tornadoes were killed.
A possible tornado struck Tulsa, a suburb of Quetta, late Sunday night, causing extensive damage to a high school, homes and a gas station, news agencies reported, and classes at Quetta Public Schools were canceled Monday.
Building damage was also reported in Anadarko, 50 miles (80 kilometers) southwest of Oklahoma City.
Earlier, a baseball-sized hailstorm shattered windows and cars in Norman, about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.
In Missouri, survey crews were dispatched to rural areas in the southwestern part of the state to determine if the tornadoes had caused the damage reported overnight, the weather service said.
Weather radar identified possible tornadoes near Nosho and Golden City between 1:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday. Meteorologist Doug Kramer, who serves Springfield, said Jasper and Newton counties have received vague reports of damage from those areas, but no injuries have been reported.
Lightning from a single hurricane line delayed Sunday night’s NFL game between the Buffalo Bulls and Chiefs in Kansas City, Missouri.
The Hurricane Forecast said the hurricane was expected in parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan on Monday, while another hurricane was forecast in Kansas and Oklahoma on Tuesday.