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NWS issues tornado watch for LeFlore County

May 20, 2013

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA EFFECTIVE UNTIL 10 P.M.
PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE SEVERAL TORNADOES POSSIBLE, NUMEROUS LARGE HAIL EVENTS LIKELY WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 4 INCHES IN DIAMETER. NUMEROUS DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH. LIKELY.
THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 115 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF GROVE OKLAHOMA TO 40 MILES EAST OF WICHITA FALLS TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCh AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
RAPID INTENSE STORM DEVELOPMENT IS EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT FEW HOURS...BOTH NEAR A STALLED SURFACE FRONT ROUGHLY WEST OF THE I-35 CORRIDOR...AND NEAR THE PRE-FRONTAL DRYLINE NOSING NORTHEASTWARD INTO SOUTH CENTRAL OKLAHOMA BY LATE AFTERNOON. ISOLATED SUPERCELLS ARE LIKELY ALONG THE DRYLINE...WITH THE MOST PROMINENT TORNADO THREAT...WHICH PROBABLY WILL INCREASE BY EARLY EVENING AS THE SOUTHERLY LOW-LEVEL JET STRENGTHENS AND ENLARGES LOW-LEVEL HODOGRAPHS. ONE OR TWO STRONG TORNADOES MAY NOT BE OUT OF THE QUESTION. OTHERWISE...LARGE HAIL IS LIKELY...SOME VERY LARGE.. WITH INCREASING DAMAGING WIND POTENTIAL ACROSS EASTERN OKLAHOMA AS CONVECTION CONSOLIDATES AND EVOLVES INTO AN ORGANIZED CLUSTER.

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