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Oklahoma severe storms spawn tornadoes, at least 4 injured

Structure damage near Hydro, OK from a tornado on May 19, 2024.
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Structure damage near Hydro, OK from a tornado on May 19, 2024.

At least four people are injured following severe thunderstorms that spawned at least five tornadoes Sunday evening across Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management.

The storms began in western Oklahoma late in the afternoon, moving into the Oklahoma City metro area late at night.

The National Weather Service reported winds up to 80 mph and baseball-sized hail.

Storm Damage Reports

  • Blaine County Emergency Management reports damage to a nursing home and mobile home in the Hydro area. Two people were injured. Two barns were damaged in Geary.
  • Canadian County Emergency Management reports up to 20 structures received some level of damage in last night’s storms. No injuries are reported.
  • Custer County Emergency Management reports at least 10 homes were damaged between Custer City and Hydro. Three homes were damaged in Butler. Two people were injured. Weatherford Emergency Management, Fire, Police, and EMS assisted with search and rescue efforts.
  • Woods County Emergency Management reports damage to a barn northwest of Alva and power lines down.

The National Weather Service is conducting storm damage assessments.

On Monday afternoon, the Weather Service said survey crews found at least EF2 damage southwest of Yukon, just south of Page Airport. A second survey team also found EF2 damage outside of Custer City.

Damage assessments will continue over the coming days.

Report Storm Damage

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management is asking residents impacted by the storms to report damages to their property at damage.ok.gov.

Officials say reporting damage helps local and state emergency managers better coordinate response and recovery efforts.

Residents can report damage to homes, businesses or agriculture through the online survey.

Nyk has worked in radio since 2011 serving as a board operator, on-air announcer and production director for commercial radio stations in Iowa. Originally from the Quad Cities area, Nyk joined KGOU in 2018 as a practicum student studying Creative Media Production at OU. Upon graduating the following year, he became part of KGOU’s staff and is now the local Morning Edition host. When not on the air, Nyk likes to read, listen to music and follow news about the radio industry.
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