Oklahoma has been battered by tornadoes during a spell of severe weather. While conditions are set to improve, heavy thunderstorms are expected over the next 24 hours.
Two days after thousands in Oklahoma were left without power as winds reached up to 70 mph, two supercell storms produced multiple tornadoes in the west of the state in Kiowa County, and north of Clinton, Custer County, on Tuesday evening, KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan said.
Morgan said that a cone-shaped tornado between the towns of Cash and Snyder became a multi-vortex tornado by the time it hit the town of Odetta at around 8.15 p.m. CDT.
Tornado warnings were issued across western and southwestern Oklahoma throughout Tuesday evening in 10 counties, including Beaver, Texas, Caddo, Kiowa, Comanche and Washita. Tornado watches were issued for a further six counties.
Morgan said that a supercell tornado forming near Blaine County had weakened significantly, although a supercell in the areas of Caddo and Comanche counties posed a threat.
"Otherwise we're in good shape. It will keep chugging on off to the northeast," he said, adding that it will "keep spinning for a while" and then "gradually spin down" toward Oklahoma County.
However, all tornado warnings in western Oklahoma were allowed to expire at 10.05 p.m. local time, The Oklahoman reported. The publication said that heavy thunderstorms were still moving northeast and expected to hit Oklahoma City area after midnight and east of Interstate 35 after dawn.
Randy Bowers, NWS meteorologist in Norman, said that people in central Oklahoma needed to take special care between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. Wednesday, but the worst weather would hit the northwest of the state and neighboring Kansas.