A slow-moving storm system is bringing much-needed rain to Oklahoma, but forecasters say it also carries the risk of flash flooding in many areas. Rain moved into the area between 5 and 5:30 a.m. today. Constant precipitation flooded some areas, and passing storms caused some damage and power outages. By 9:30 a.m. Altus Air Force Base reported .29” of rain, with estimated reports within the city limits of around .36”. One resident reported an inch and 3/10 of rain in their south Altus home gauge.
There is a 100 percent chance of continued rain today. Precipitation has dampened the pollen count for the area. The low-medium report is now at 2.9.
Rainfall for most of the area today should be over an inch. Thunderstorms are likely throughout the day with locally heavy rainfall possible in some areas. Chances of rain for this evening will drop to 70 percent. Rain chances for Friday and Saturday will drop to 20 percent.
The National Weather Service says much of Oklahoma will see heavy rainfall through the weekend with some isolated areas seeing more than 5 inches of rain by Saturday night.
Widespread severe storms aren’t expected, though forecasters say some areas may see gusty winds and hail.
Overnight, Harmon County and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation closed US Hwy 62 around 9:45 p.m. from State Highway 30 to the Texas line in Harmon County due to storm damage on the Texas side of US Hwy 62. West bound traffic was redirected north. The highway was reopened shortly before midnight.
In the nearby town of Duke, everything went black around 8:15 p.m. Electricity was still out in the city this morning.
Weather conditions earlier this week were ripe for wild fires. Local and state authorities warned citizens not to do any unneccesary outdoor burning. The only burn bans in affect this week were in southeastern Oklahoma, but access to the current burn ban status for the state can always be found at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/burn-ban-information.
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