Multi Vortex Tornado Tears Through Oklahoma

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.

After the Kim/Campo tornado, we raced south into the extreme NW corner of the Oklahoma Panhandle and watched this beastly sup move towards us across the Black Mesa area. Didn’t put out many CGs, lucky enough to capture this one. #okwx @canonusa pic.twitter.com/xLkiRLBP8q

— Mike Olbinski (@MikeOlbinski) October 12, 2021

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.

Alex Bartholomew and Stephen Cooley documented a night-time tornado northeast of Clinton, Oklahoma a bit earlier this evening. We'll have video up on our YouTube channel later tonight. #okwx pic.twitter.com/MrYOB6arEz

— Texas Storm Chasers (@TxStormChasers) October 13, 2021

"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.

At the Clinton Regional Airport we’re seeing the worst of tonight’s reported tornado damage so far. This hanger collapsed with a plane and a truck inside. @OKCFOX pic.twitter.com/rOF4K0BOy5

— Connor Hansen (@Connor_R_Hansen) October 13, 2021

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.

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Meanwhile, in an advisory at 11.05 p.m. CDT, the NWS storm prediction center said there was a tornado watch in place for parts of western and northern Oklahoma, as well as northwest Texas effective until 6 a.m. CDT.

It said that a few tornadoes are possible with "scattered damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts" of up to 75 mph and the possibility of hail.

Severe weather happens frequently during a seasonal transition, but Oklahoma typically sees it during April and May, and not at this time of year.

The latest severe weather was caused by an unusually hot summer and warmer start to fall, Bowers said.

People shared dramatic images on social media of Tuesday's severe weather and some of the damage it had caused.

This is the strongest tornado I have ever tracked in Oklahoma by a LONG shot. EF4+. #okwx pic.twitter.com/Kb9lTzDlYr

— Oakhurst_Wx (@Oakhurst_Wx) October 13, 2021

Fox 25 tweeted an image of a hangar at the Clinton Regional Airport that had collapsed with a plane and a truck inside it.

Mike Olbinski, who describes himself as a "professional storm chaser," on his Twitter handle shared a dramatic image, tweeting, "after the Kim/Campo tornado, we raced south into the extreme NW corner of the Oklahoma Panhandle and watched this beastly sup move towards us across the Black Mesa area. Didn't put out many CGs, lucky enough to capture this one"

Another storm chaser tweeted: "This is the strongest tornado I have ever tracked in Oklahoma by a LONG shot. "

Source : https://www.newsweek.com/oklahoma-tornado-multi-vortex-weather-update-latest-1638381

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