OKLAHOMA CITY, Ok. – The worst of the storms’ winds are gone. But they left a lot of damage behind.
They also brought dangerous amounts of rain as they rampaged through — rain that continued to fall Thursday, pushing some rivers and creeks up to, if not over, their banks.
That was the reality that residents of parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Texas woke up to a day after severe storms roared through those states.
The good news? A second day of tornadoes appears unlikely, with the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center forecasting only a “slight” chance of powerful thunderstorms in the Great Plains and pars of Texas, including the Dallas area.
The bad news? There’s more precipitation predicted to fall Thursday from Texas north to Minnesota, which is not a good thing for waterways already stressed by all the rain that’s fallen so far.
Severe thunderstorm watches came and went in the early morning in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. Still, even without the thunder and lightning, the rainfall remained a threat in places. The weather service’s Norman, Oklahoma, office reported a severe storm before dawn in the community of Cookietown with “hail the size of golf balls and very heavy rainfall.”
KFOR’s Bob Moore Chopper 4 flew above the tornado damage across Oklahoma Thursday morning to capture the first aerial images of the tornado damage.
As severe weather made its way though Oklahoma, several tornadoes touched down, leaving damage and massive flooding in their wake.
A mobile home park near S.E. 48th and I-35 was destroyed in the storms. Officials say at least a dozen people were hurt and five of them are in critical condition.
There was some damage on the HE Bailey Turnpike near Bridge Creek.
There were also reports of damage in Grady County along Highway 44, 10 miles east of Amber.
Grady County reported extensive damage in Amber and in Bridge Creek, and there was also some severe damage between Bridge Creek and Newcastle.
There was also significant damage in Norman.