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    REPORTS: Severe storms leave thousands without power in eastern Texas

    By By Mark Leberfinger, AccuWeather.com Staff Writer
    April 30, 2016, 6:04:10 AM EDT

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    As of 5:55 a.m. CDT, this blog is no longer active. Archived reports can be found below.

    This same storm produced hundreds of hail and wind reports on Tuesday as well as a few tornadoes across the Plains and Ohio Valley. Heavy rain led to flash flooding in some communities across the Plains.

    Severe thunderstorms will shift eastward and threaten areas from Houston to St. Louis on Wednesday.

    Five people were injured in Grayson County, Texas, amid the storms. Two possible tornadoes touched down in the area, emergency management said.

    Checotah, Oklahoma, suffered extensive damage throughout the town. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.


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    UPDATES: (All times are listed in CDT)5:43 a.m. CDT Wednesday: The Montgomery County Fire Marshal reported numerous trees and wires are down throughout the county. Willis Independent School District canceled Wednesday classes.

    4:40 a.m. CDT Wednesday: A storm capable of producing a tornado is over Tomball, Texas, north of Houston.

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    4:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday: A medical clinic was damaged by storms on Tuesday night in Whitesboro, Texas, Fox 4 News reports.

    3:56 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Flooding forces evacuation of Mill Creek Campground near Paxico, Kansas, law enforcement reports.

    3:48 a.m. CDT Wednesday: About 10,000 CPS Energy customers are without power after storms in San Antonio.

    3:41 a.m. CDT Wednesday: One person was injured Tuesday night after storms in Grayson County, Texas, the county's emergency management office said on its Facebook page.

    3:32 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 54-mph wind gust clocked at New Braunfels Municipal Airport in Texas, according to Mesonet.

    3:27 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Tuesday night's weather-related flight delays at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport may cause ripple effects for other flights Wednesday at Texas regional airports.
    3:25 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Storm damages Howe High School in Howe, Texas.
    3:05 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Austin police called to downed wires and other incidents in wake of storms moving through the city.
    3:00 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Storms cause major power outages in Austin, Texas, according to Austin Energy.

    2:20 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Bells, Howe and Whitesboro, Texas, were the hardest hit after storms moved through Grayson County on Tuesday night, according to Grayson County Office of Emergency Management. Crews were working to remove debris from roadways, assess damage and assist those left homeless by the storms.

    2:13 a.m. CDT Wednesday: A water rescue is ongoing after flooding on Mission Creek near Silver Lake, Kansas, emergency management reported.

    1:50 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Howe Independent School District in Grayson County, Texas, is closed on Wednesday due to storm damage at its high school, the district said on its website.

    1:33 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Line of storms capable of producing hail and damaging winds is heading toward Austin and San Antonio, Texas, according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun.

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    1:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Storms knock out power for over 10,000 Missouri customers, utilities report.

    1:05 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Heavy rain fell in one hour at Corsicana, Texas, according to Navarro County Emergency Management Agency.

    12:55 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Trees and power lines were downed in Lamar, Missouri, according to emergency management. An RV was blown over on Interstate 49.

    12:50 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More storm damage discovered in Checotah, Oklahoma.

    12:48 a.m. CDT Wednesday: 70-mph gust near Spiro, Oklahoma, southwest of Fort Smith, Arkansas, according to emergency management.

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    12:45 a.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 46,000 Oklahoma customers are without power after storms, utilities report.

    12:31 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Lots of damage but no injuries reported in Checotah, Oklahoma, the McIntosh County Sheriff's Department said on its Facebook page.

    12:26 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Seventeen lightning strikes were recorded Tuesday around the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman, the university reported.
    12:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Reported tornado damage in Checotah, Oklahoma.

    12:08 a.m. CDT Wednesday: Storms preparing to move into Joplin, Missouri.

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    11:49 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Storm damage in Checotah, Oklahoma.
    11:44 p.m. CDT Tuesday: More than 38,000 Texas customers are without power after storms, utilities report.

    11:38 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 80-mph gust near Parsons, Kansas, trained spotter reports.

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    11:33 p.m. CDT Tuesday: About 6,000 PSOklahoma customers without power around Tulsa after storms, the utility reports.

    11:18 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 70-mph gust near Chocotah, Oklahoma, emergency management reports.

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    10:59 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 87-mph gust clocked near Copan, Oklahoma, according to Mesonet.

    10:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Storm downs trees in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the city reports.

    10:39 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Nearly 2,000 PSOklahoma customers are without power after tornado-warned storm moves through Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, the utility reports.

    10:22 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Confirmed tornado near Bells, Texas, trained spotters report.

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    10:17 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A nursing home is being evacuated due to flash flooding in Deshler, Nebraska, emergency management reports.

    10:12 p.m. CDT Tuesday: More than 35,000 Oklahoma customers, mostly OG+E customers in the Oklahoma City area, are without power due to storms, utilities report.

    10:10 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Storm capable of producing a tornado is heading toward Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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    9:51 p.m. CDT Tuesday: 75-mph gust 5 miles south of Ottawa, Kansas.

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    9:36 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Localized flooding reported by police in Norman, Oklahoma.
    9:31 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Arriving flights have resumed at Will Rogers World Airport, Oklahoma City, the airport said.
    9:29 p.m. CDT Tuesday: High water reported in parts of Topeka, Kansas.

    9:23 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Flash flooding strands vehicles in downtown Wichita, Kansas, emergency management reports.

    8:51 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Wind damage reported near Renfrow, Oklahoma:


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    8:23 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Flooding has closed part of Highway 136 in Nebraska:

    8:13 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Dime- and nickel-sized hail spotted in Jewell, Kansas:


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    7:38 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Flash flooding is being reported in Clearwater, Kansas, tonight. An NWS employee reports a creek is out of its banks and cars are being moved to higher ground. The video below shows flooding in one family's backyard:

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    7:28 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Reed Timmer is broadcasting live on Facebook from the Oklahoma City metro area:

    7:26 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Power outages reported in Waynoka, Oklahoma:

    6:52 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A funnel cloud was reported northwest of Beloit, Kansas, shortly after 6 p.m. local time.

    6:42 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Reed Timmer reports live from southwestern Oklahoma:

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    6:10 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A lot of golf ball-sized hail reported in Haskell, Texas, according to a local fire department.


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    5:44 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A severe storm that moved through Wichita, Kansas, produced hail as large as baseballs.

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    5:36 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Hail the size of grapefruits reported by county officials near Bremen, Kansas.

    5:18 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Heavy rain from a thunderstorm west of Kansas City has caused some roads to flood near Dover, Kansas, according to emergency managers.

    5:12 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Quarter-sized hail was spotted near Wichita, Kansas, shortly after 4 p.m. local time.


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    5:02 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado is near Tipton, Texas.

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    4:43 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A picture of the tornado-warned cell earlier in the afternoon near Mayfield, Kansas.

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    4:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Due to severe weather, Wichita Public Schools are holding dismissal until the weather has cleared.

    4:32 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Golf ball-sized hail was reported near Vernon, Texas, located west of Wichita Falls.

    4:27 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Hail the size of tennis balls possible with the severe thunderstorm tracking from Texas into Oklahoma.

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    4:06 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A rope tornado touched down briefly near Mayfield, Kansas, located south of Wichita, according to NWS spotter.

    3:57 p.m. CDT Tuesday: People around the Manhattan, Kansas, area should find shelter as soon as possible:

    3:38 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Quarter-sized hail is falling near Manhattan, Kansas.

    3:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday: A severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado just crossed the border from Oklahoma into Kansas and is headed toward Wichita, Kansas.

    2:33 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Have pictures of today's severe weather? Click on the picture below to submit your photo, but please be safe when taking pictures.


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    2:29 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Many reports of small hail and wind gusts past 50 mph around St. Louis.

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    2:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday: All classes, exams and activities at the University of Oklahoma that begin after 4:15 p.m. CDT have been canceled due to the threat of severe weather.

    12:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday: Public schools in Oklahoma City are dismissing early due to the threat of severe weather.

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