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Heavy Rainfall Soaks Oklahoma City Metro, More Rain Expected Throughout The Day

Areas of central and southeastern Oklahoma could receive between 2 and 4 inches of rain today, and the National Weather Service is forecasting hail up to the size of golf balls. Winds up to 70 miles per hour are possible.

Isolated to numerous showers are expected across Oklahoma before 2:00 p.m. today. Damaging wind, large hail and heavy rainfall are the main threats. Between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., there may be a low potential for tornadoes southeast of a line from Frederick to Lawton to Holdenville.

The Oklahoma City metro area is under a severe thunderstorm warning until 10:15 a.m. as a line of storms is dumping heavy rainfall on the area. Several roadways are flooding, including major interstate thoroughfares. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has reported the I-235 northbound on-ramp and all lanes from 36th to 50th are shut down due to flooding, as of 9:51 a.m.

Additionally storms may form between 2:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., mainly southeast of I-44. Very large will would be the main hazard. No severe weak is expected after 10:00 p.m. tonight.

As of 9:51 a.m., Oklahoma Gas & Electric reported 7,561 customers without power throughout its service area.

Jacob McCleland spent nine years as a reporter and host at public radio station KRCU in Cape Girardeau, Mo. His stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Here & Now, Harvest Public Media and PRI’s The World. Jacob has reported on floods, disappearing languages, crop duster pilots, anvil shooters, Manuel Noriega, mule jumps and more.
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