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Real-time severe weather reports from May 7-8

May 08, 2019, 1:55:41 PM EDT

Severe weather continues to unfold across the south-central U.S., one day after unleashing over a dozen tornadoes and triggered severe flooding in the Houston area, which brought back negative memories of Hurricane Harvey in 2017.

For continued live updates of the storms, click here.

To read an archived list of storm reports scroll below.



6:02 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported several new road closures during the early morning hours.



5 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

The tornado watch for north-central Texas and central Oklahoma has expired.

A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for portions of central Texas. A few of these thunderstorms are producing small hail and strong to locally damaging winds.

The overall severe threat across Kansas and Oklahoma will be low this morning. Additional rainfall can lead to ongoing flooding problems across the hardest-hit areas. However, another round of severe thunderstorms may develop later Wednesday.


3:45 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Heavy rain continues across the Oklahoma City metro area with the entire region under a flash flood warning. Rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will continue over the next couple of hours.



2:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Thunderstorms are approaching the Oklahoma City metro area. Heavy, flooding rainfall appears to be the primary risk with these storms. Some of these storms can also produce gusty winds.

A flash flood warning is already in effect to the west of Oklahoma City, centered on the town of El Reno.

The tornadic thunderstorm to the south and west of Oklahoma City is merging within the forming squall line. This will significantly reduce its further chances of producing a tornado.



1:30 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

A tornado warning is in effect for parts of central Oklahoma, including the towns of Carnegie, Alden and Fort Cobb. Hail will also be possible with this storm.

There were reports of golf ball-sized hail in Cooperton, Oklahoma, from this storm.

The future track of this storm, if it holds, could take it close to or over the Oklahoma City metro in the next one to two hours.



1:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday:

Below are some rainfall totals across the southern Plains, valid noon to midnight local time, Tuesday:

Houston-Sugarland Airport, Texas: 7.59"
Eagle Lake Airport, Texas: 4.86"
Houston-Hobby Airport, Texas: 3.34"
Houston Southwest Airport, Texas: 3.07"
Houston-Clover Field Airport, Texas: 2.34"
Hutchinson Municipal Airport, Kansas: 2.23"
Houston-Dunn Helistop, Texas: 2.04"
Medicine Lodge, Kansas: 1.96"
Lyons/Rice County Municipal Airport, Kansas: 1.91"

Several rainfall amounts of 2 to 5 inches have been reported across south-central Kansas, south of Wichita. Flash flood emergencies are in effect for the area. Numerous water rescues were reported with roads rapidly going underwater. Heavy rain will continue over the next several hours.


11:50 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Around 11:23 p.m. local time, storm spotters confirmed a large tornado on the ground just north of Hobart, Oklahoma. The tornado eventually tracked northeastward and moved through the town of Rocky, Oklahoma. There are preliminary reports of damage in the city.


A photo from Val Castor, a KWTV News 9 StormTracker, confirmed the tornado on the ground near Rocky as lightning illuminated the sky.



11:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is moving toward Hobart, Oklahoma. The towns of Komalty and Gotebo are also in line of getting hit by this dangerous storm.



10:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

While the overall severe threat across southeastern Texas has been low, heavy rainfall has led to numerous reports of flooding across the area. The heaviest thunderstorms are moving across Galveston, Texas.


Widespread rainfall amounts of 2 to almost 5 inches has been recorded in parts of Harris County over the past six hours, according to the Harris County Flood Warning System.


10:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A line of thunderstorms is moving eastward toward Wichita, Kansas. The main threats with this line will be strong to locally damaging winds and flash flooding. Travel will become difficult along a long stretch of Interstate 35.

A flash flood warning is already in effect until 3:45 a.m. local time, Wednesday for parts of south-central Kansas, including the cities of Wichita, Douglass, Derby and Clearwater.

The west side of Augusta, Kansas, has several streets barricaded with a foot and a half of water over them, emergency management reported. More heavy rain will fall across this area overnight.

severe t-storms Kansas 5-7-19



9:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch for north-central Texas, central Oklahoma and southeastern Kansas, until 5 a.m. local time Wednesday. This includes the Oklahoma City metro area.

Residents in this area will need to be sure some sort of emergency alert system (phone, TV, etc.) is on overnight in the event a severe thunderstorm approaches your area while sleeping.

The most dangerous thunderstorms are currently progressing eastward across western Oklahoma.



9:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

NWS Amarillo reports there are two areas of tornado damage, however the threat is not over yet.

By Wednesday morning, there will be an ongoing complex of storms across Texas and Oklahoma that will continue to produce damaging winds and flooding rain. This line will eventually begin to fall apart as the morning progresses.


8:24 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

There are multiple reports of a tornado southwest of Erick, Oklahoma, in Beckham County. It is moving northeast toward Erick.

If you are near this area, take cover now!



8:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Law enforcement confirmed a tornado moved from Howardwick to Alanreed, Texas, which is east of Amarillo, Texas.


7:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Likely rain-wrapped tornado heading toward McLean, Texas, as of 7:43 p.m. CDT. Take cover immediately!



7:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

There are two areas of rotation near Midland, Texas, one is south of I-10 on mile marker 270 and the other is approaching mile marker 285 where a wall cloud has been reported.

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer spotted a large cone tornado just southwest of Tulia, Texas.



6:55 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Giant damaging hail up to baseball size is potentially falling in Midland, Texas, over I-10 between mile marker 274 to 275.

Officials ask if you are driving along I-10 to avoid driving into this storm.



6:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

There is a vehicle water rescue in progress in Rose Hill, Kansas. Officials urge residents to turn around and don't drown if they see floodwaters.

After a flood, you should be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded and watch out for debris. Floodwaters often erode roads and walkways.


5:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Hail larger than a quarter has been spotted north of Andrews, Texas.

As AccuWeather correctly predicted, baseball-sized hail was also reported near Lake Meredith and Fritch, Texas.



4:28 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A tornado touched down west of Edmonson, Texas, during the late-afternoon hours.



3:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A tornado was spotted 8 miles southeast of Spearman, Texas, roughly 80 miles from Amarillo, Texas.



3:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Areas near Houston, Texas, are experiencing flooding due to the severe weather outbreak.



3:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Severe storms capable of tornadoes will quickly develop in Amarillo, Texas.

Additional severe storms will break out once again for Kansas, Oklahoma and
Texas. Large hail, damaging winds, torrential downpours and even a couple of tornadoes will be possible with these storms.



2:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Severe thunderstorms north of Amarillo, Texas, are dropping large hail with some stones reportedly as large as baseballs. Hailstones this large can cause windows in vehicles to shatter.

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2:11 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Over 20,000 customers are without power in Texas as a result of the storm, PowerOutage.us reports.

Earlier on Tuesday, CenterPoint Energy warned Houston residents to be prepared for bad weather.

"Stay away from downed power lines and be especially mindful of downed lines that could be hidden in flood waters and keep your distance from objects touching downed lines (tree limbs, vehicles, fences, etc.)," the power company said in a tweet.


1:55 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Heavy rainfall continues in the Houston area, and multiple social media users have reported flooding on local streets in the region.

A significant weather advisory was issued for southeastern Montgomery and north-central Harris counties until 2:15 p.m. CDT, according to the NWS Houston office.



1:25 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

NWS issued a tornado watch for parts of Oklahoma and Texas until 10 p.m. CDT.

Nineteen counties in Texas and two counties in Oklahoma are included. The watch covers an area of over 425,000 people.

Scattered wind gusts and hail are also likely in the region.



1:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer reports on the storm from the Texas Panhandle, where storm activity has started to begin.

At 12:38 p.m. CDT, Timmer planned to intercept a severe storm, an early super cell, in Texas between Amarillo and Dumas. Timmer reports that the storm has a very broad rotation.

Timmer captured the super cell organizing west of Fritch, Texas, later on Tuesday.



12:38 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

A flash flood warning for northeastern Harris County in Texas. Atascocita, Humble, and Moonshine Hill are included in the warning.

Numerous cities in the Houston area are under flood watches and warnings, according to the NWS office in Houston.

Rain rates in the League City area over the past hour have been as high as 2.3 inches ST San Jacinto River at US 59. This may cause flooding on the streets and in areas with poor drainage.


12:06 p.m. CDT Tuesday:

Scattered showers and storms move into regions around Forth Worth, Texas, from the south, according to the NWS office at Fort Worth.

Several locations can expect an increase in precipitation over the next few hours, as well as a few strong storms with hail and gusty winds possible.



11:10 a.m. CDT Tuesday:

The Houston Bush International Airport reports that departing traffic is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays lasting 15 minutes or less, and arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delays of 15 minutes or less.

Due to the weather, departure traffic destined to San Francisco is currently experiencing delays averaging 44 minutes.

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