Real-time severe weather updates from May 20-21, 2019
May 22, 2019, 11:12:50 AM EDT
A robust severe weather outbreak produced a high number of damaging tornadoes across the central U.S. from Monday into Tuesday night.
Violent and destructive tornadoes brought damage to several towns in Texas and Oklahoma, while other areas received damaging winds and large hail. In Wellington, Texas, hail the size of grapefruits (4 inches in diameter) was measured.
Over two dozen tornadoes were reported overall on the day.
Those dangerous storms continued to make their presence felt on Tuesday May 21, as flash flooding produced water rescues in Oklahoma while also causing travel impacts in states such as Missouri.
Click here for a full recap of the severe weather.
Scroll down to read an earlier listing of storm reports that began on Monday, May 20.
12:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday:
Severe storms re-firing in parts of southwestern Iowa have prompted a tornado warning until 12:30 a.m. CDT for Hepburn.
Tornado Warning including Hepburn IA until 12:30 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/RFvcdfW8sV— NWS Omaha (@NWSOmaha) May 22, 2019
11:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Severe thunderstorms are threatening to bring damaging winds and a possible tornado to areas near Olney and Robinson, Illinois.
11:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado moved through a field near Lancaster, Kansas, on Tuesday evening. There have been no reported injuries thus far from this twister.
10:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
In addition to producing damaging winds and tornadoes, Tuesday's storms have also resulted in an incredible number of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.
9:45 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado could be on the ground just to the north and west of Mount Vernon, Illinois, moving rapidly to the northeast. Take shelter immediately if you are in the path of this dangerous storm.
Tornado Warning including Woodlawn IL, Dix IL until 10:15 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/MNqJM3HQS7— NWS Paducah (@NWSPaducah) May 22, 2019
8:42 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado crossed Highway 75 just south of Dawson, Nebraska, tonight in Richardson County. There are no reported injuries.
This tornado crossed Highway 75 just south of Dawson tonight in Richardson County.— NEStatePatrol (@NEStatePatrol) May 22, 2019
Trooper Zost had this incredible view.
He reports it stayed in a field so not likely much damage to structures, if any. #newx #Trooper #CruiserCalendar pic.twitter.com/N6qPrPfoan
7:50 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Two confirmed tornadoes are on the ground in northeast Kansas moving into Nebraska and Missouri.
Weather spotters confirmed a tornado was located over Denton, Kansas. If you are near this area take shelter now!
7:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado threat continues with this arc of supercells across far northeast Kansas, north of Topeka with one intensifying storm just to the northwest of Kansas.
7:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Officials will release excess water from Cheney Lake in Sedgwick County, Kansas, Wednesday morning. Cheney Lake is one of many reservoirs that are releasing water due to flood concerns.
Wichita, Kansas, is located in Sedgwick County.
6:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Large tornado possibly on the ground in Saint Charles County, Missouri. It is moving through the west-southwestern suburbs of Saint Louis.
Large debris ball is evident on radar. People just east of Augusta take shelter NOW!! https://t.co/OOxv9rFGrM— NWS St. Louis (@NWSStLouis) May 21, 2019
5:12 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
According to AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer a new confirmed tornado is between Milford and Fort Riley to the north of Junction City, Kansas.
5:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Near Atkins, in Pope County, Arkansas, a storage facility was damaged this afternoon and workers are in the process of attempting to rescue a woman from the damage.
4:00 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Several homes are damaged in Hartville, Missouri, due to a possible tornado that ripped through the area.
3:22 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado is on the ground now near Ava, Missouri. If you are near this area, take cover now!
2:58 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Tornado reportedly on the ground right now west of Marshfield, Missouri, near I-44. Damage has been reported.
1:20 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
The St. Louis Cardinals baseball game has been postponed to Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. CDT due to severe weather.
Due to forecasted severe weather, tonight’s game has been postponed. We will play a split day-night double header tomorrow vs. the Royals starting at 12:15 PM & 6:45 PM.— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) May 21, 2019
Fans holding tickets to tonight’s game should use those same tickets for tomorrow’s 6:45 PM make-up game. pic.twitter.com/o9ahhfwdtx
1:15 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
Flooding has caused temporary evacuations at three Post Offices in Kansas to nearby Post Offices.
Emergency flooding caused 3 Kansas Post Offices to be temporarily evacuated and all operations moved to nearby Post Offices. Tescott, KS, Post Office will move to the Bennington, KS, Post Office. New Cambria and Gypsum, KS, Post Offices. pic.twitter.com/uzeVNdpiGW— USPS_Kansas (@KansasUsps) May 21, 2019
12:39 p.m. CDT Tuesday:
A number of water rescues have been reported throughout Oklahoma today as severe storms unleashed heavy rainfall through the morning.
Troop W is up in the Skiatook area getting ready to go out in an air boat. Residents of 5 different homes are waiting to be rescued from the high flood waters. pic.twitter.com/Q2YdKJCiPK— OK Highway Patrol/DPS (@OHPDPS) May 21, 2019
If you see flooded roads please don't attempt to cross. Our partners at @DCFPDOK just did an incredible water rescue at N. Council & NW 178th. Person attempted to drive across and had to be rescued from a tree.#okwx #TurnAroundDontDrown pic.twitter.com/8bh1Nf6Odj— Oklahoma Co. Sheriff (@OkCountySheriff) May 21, 2019
The worst of the severe weather is over for Oklahoma and Texas today, although flooding will remain a concern in some areas.
Some parts of Kansas, northwestern Arkansas and central Missouri may still experience severe storms that could produce impacts such as damaging hail on Tuesday.
11:21 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
Cleanup efforts are underway in Tulsa following the tornado and severe weather that lashed the area earlier this morning.
Out with our crews in North Tulsa. Lots of big old trees are down. We’re clearing streets as quickly as we can. If you’re in one of these areas, please don’t drive around barricades. They are there for your safety and allow our responders to do their jobs. pic.twitter.com/zQu51UmqAL— G.T. Bynum (@gtbynum) May 21, 2019
11 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
There have been over 120,000 lightning strikes over the south-central U.S. over the past 24 hours.
10:12 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
The Tulsa Fire Department responded to reports of damage and rescued a man who was trapped after a tree fell on his home. The man sustained minor injuries, according to the Tulsa Fire Department PIO Andrew Little.
Fire crews responded and rescued a man whose tree had fallen onto his home and trapped him inside. The man sustained minor injuries. Power lines are down in multiple places in Tulsa. Please pay close attention to your surroundings and be careful! #OKWX #TulsaFire pic.twitter.com/E8mNwpFTVR— Andrew Little (@TulsaFirePIO) May 21, 2019
8:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
The city of Tulsa is confirming damage from the tornado that passed by the city's airport earlier today. The airport said on Twitter that there was "luckily" no damage and the flights should be resuming soon.
Confirmed damage on North St. Louis as result of tornado this morning. If you see power lines down or smell gas, get away from the area from report it to 911.— City of Tulsa (@cityoftulsagov) May 21, 2019
TORNADO DAMAGE: Trees and power lines were knocked down in tornado path, roofs ripped apart and street signs bent. This is a neighborhood near Newton & Lewis Ave #Tulsa #Oklahoma @KJRH2HD pic.twitter.com/aIoyA59bXh— Gitzel Puente (@gitzelpuenteTV) May 21, 2019
6:46 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
At 6:37 a.m., a confirmed tornado was located over Tulsa International Airport, moving northeast at 50 mph.
6 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
Flooding remains a significant concern around the Oklahoma City metro area. The NWS Norman office said there have been widespread reports of flooding on I-40.
Schools in El Reno, Oklahoma, will be closed due to flooding, district officials said.
Flooding is also a major concern for the OKC Metro region. There are widespread reports of flooding on I-40. Additional rainfall of up to an inch or greater is expected. Avoid travel if possible due to these flooded roads. If you have to get travel: Turn Around, Don't Drown!— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) May 21, 2019
FLOODING: EB & WB I-40 is closed near US-81 due to flooding at Six-Mile Creek. Traffic is being detoured at US-81 to SH-66 and at Radio Rd. (mm 123) to SH-66. Motorists are advised to avoid the area. Check travel closures at https://t.co/unKtIvUpz8 #okwx— Oklahoma Department of Transportation (@OKDOT) May 21, 2019
4:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
The line of storms currently bringing severe weather to parts of central Oklahoma will push into Missouri during the daylight hours on Tuesday, bringing more rain to areas already being impacted by widespread flash flooding.
Any additional rain on Tuesday will only exacerbate the ongoing flooding and trigger new flooding issues.
Moderate to heavy rain expected again Today, This will effect areas that have already received heavy rain with flooding ongoing. pic.twitter.com/N4HReBAbwT— NWS Springfield (@NWSSpringfield) May 21, 2019
4:15 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado warning is in effect just to the north and east of Norman, Oklahoma, until 4:45 a.m. CDT. If you are in the path of these storms, take shelter immediately!
Tornado Warning continues for Cleveland County, OK until 4:45 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/qqAet9KZNl— NWS Tornado (@NWStornado) May 21, 2019
3:50 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
Between 3 and 6 inches of rain has already fallen across much of northern and northeastern Oklahoma, and another line of drenching thunderstorms is moving toward the region from central Oklahoma.
The rainfall has already resulted in major, to in some cases record, flooding on many streams and creeks around and to the north of Tulsa.
[3:46 am - 5/21/19] Rainfall resulting in Record Flooding for Bird Creek at Avant and Major Flooding for Bird Creek at Owasso, Caney River near Collinsville, Verdigris River near Lenapah, Spring River near Quapaw, and Neosho River near Commerce. #okwx https://t.co/uhzoHHCVAj— NWS Tulsa (@NWStulsa) May 21, 2019
3:00 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
Sperry Public Schools in Sperry, Oklahoma, have canceled classes on Tuesday on account of flooding. Flood and flash flood warnings remain in effect across an expansive area from southwestern Missouri to northern and northeastern Oklahoma into the mid-morning hours Tuesday.
2:45 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado warning is in effect until 3:30 a.m. CDT for portions of Howell and Ozark counties in southern Missouri. Even if a tornado does not touch down, damaging wind gusts in excess of 70 mph will threaten to cause damage to trees, power lines and property.
Tornado Warning including Siloam Springs MO until 3:30 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/G7uKWOsaqk— NWS Springfield (@NWSSpringfield) May 21, 2019
1:45 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
Heavy rain and thunderstorms continue to inundate the Leach and Peggs, Oklahoma, areas after a tornado produced significant damage in both communities Monday night. Flooding continues to be a major concern in the area.
Emergency responders are checking for injuries and attempting to assess and begin cleaning up the storm damage.
Another band or heavy rain coming through LEACH right now. Emergency responders are still checking several houses and families after a tornado went through the area earlier tonight. #okwx #flooding #tornado pic.twitter.com/eaE9caNPet— Tiffany Alaniz (@TiffanyAlaniz) May 21, 2019
For previous storm reports, click here.
12:45 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
Trees are down and blocking roadways near Leach, Oklahoma, after a tornado ripped through the area Monday night.
Storm Tracker Bob Rohloff has seen many roads near Leach blocked due to downed trees. This is the area where a confirmed large tornado prompted the Tornado Emergency earlier tonight.— Travis Meyer (@newson6wxguy) May 21, 2019
Bob says many roads have flooding ongoing too. #OKwx @NewsOn6 pic.twitter.com/tDI1H2LGOq
12:20 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
A tornado that tore through Peggs, Oklahoma, has damaged numerous buildings and mobile homes. One family was inside their mobile home when it was flipped and seriously damaged by the storm. Miraculously, none of the family members were injured.
FAMILY SURVIVES TORNADO IN MOBILE HOME IN PEGGS! Skywarn Spotter Luke sent this pic from Kimberly Fish's family in Peggs...daughter, husband, & three kids were inside when a tornado flipped their mobile home...& they were uninjured! They are INCREDIBLY lucky! #okwx @LauraMockWX pic.twitter.com/frQ4LbwJ6o— Brad Carl (@FOX23BradCarl) May 21, 2019
12:00 a.m. CDT Tuesday:
A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Rolla, Missouri, and surrounding areas until 12:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday. This violent line of storms has a history of producing roof and property damage near Montreal, Missouri.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Rolla MO, Fort Leonard Wood MO, Saint James MO until 12:30 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/2PRkSvVB30— NWS Springfield (@NWSSpringfield) May 21, 2019
11:15 p.m. CDT Monday:
Thunderstorms with torrential downpours that continue to repeatedly move over the same areas in northeastern Oklahoma have prompted a flash flood emergency until 5:15 a.m. CDT.
Flash Flood Emergency including Bartlesville OK, Skiatook OK, Pawhuska OK until 5:15 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/1o8vBC75RN— NWS Tulsa (@NWStulsa) May 21, 2019
10:50 p.m. CDT Monday:
A confirmed tornado is on the ground moving toward Leach and Cloud Creek, Kansas. Take cover in a basement or underground storm shelter immediately!
10:40 p.m. CDT Monday:
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured incredible footage of a tornado that caused significant structural damage to the northwest of Mangum, Oklahoma, on Monday afternoon.
Video of tornadoes in MANGUM, OK earlier, including a large tornado that caused substantial structural damage west/northwest of town. We were unable to deploy the rockets after a few hook slices, then got stuck behind the monster line of storm chasers @chasinspin @skyforcex pic.twitter.com/9giIxyuYSZ— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) May 21, 2019
10:15 p.m. CDT Monday:
Two tornado warnings have been issued just to the southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma, until 10:45 and 11:00 p.m. CDT. Residents in the path of these storms should take cover immediately!
Tornado Warning including Coweta OK, Leonard OK until 10:45 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/tg52qTqHeV— NWS Tulsa (@NWStulsa) May 21, 2019
Tornado Warning including Wagoner OK, Locust Grove OK, Peggs OK until 11:00 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/aBjlQ3fFV7— NWS Tulsa (@NWStulsa) May 21, 2019
10:00 p.m. CDT Monday:
A tornado watch has been issued for a large part of west-central Texas until 4:00 a.m. CDT. Multiple tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect from Midland to Haskell, Texas.
A tornado watch has been issued for parts of Texas until 4 AM CDT pic.twitter.com/nlswWv9Ega— NWS Lubbock (@NWSLubbock) May 21, 2019
9:40 p.m. CDT Monday:
The storm that produced a tornado near Rotan, Texas, continues to move northeastward toward McCaulley and Hamlin, Texas. A tornado warning is in effect for eastern Fisher and northwestern Jones counties.
Tornado Warning including Hamlin TX, Roby TX, McCaulley TX until 10:15 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/zyYp7kwabf— NWS San Angelo (@NWSSanAngelo) May 21, 2019
A tornado warning is also in effect for Bernecker, Texas, until 10:15 p.m. CDT.
Tornado Warning including Bernecker TX until 10:15 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/ifBxVD0QZ4— NWS San Angelo (@NWSSanAngelo) May 21, 2019
9:15 p.m. CDT Monday:
Trained storm spotters have confirmed that the tornado-warned storm currently impacting Fisher County, Texas, has in fact produced a tornado.
8:30 p.m. CDT Monday:
More severe damage is shown in Mangum, Oklahoma. Many homes and structures were destroyed. Reports say there are no reported injuries.
‼️Heartbroken for our friends in Mangum. Ag Barn hit by tornado... at least two pigs killed. Three homes destroyed. No humans seriously hurt. Roof taken off apartment building. Several power lines down. pic.twitter.com/HY4mGF51d6— Abigail Ogle (@KOCOAbigail) May 21, 2019
7:10 p.m. CDT Monday:
The storm southeast of Midland, Texas, is very dangerous and has a history of producing a tornado.
708 PM CDT The storm SE of Midland has an incredible structure and is still VERY DANGEROUS! This storm has a history of producing a TORNADO and can still produce one. If you are in the warned area, please TAKE COVER! #txwx pic.twitter.com/HFtAuzfSOB— NWS Midland (@NWSMidland) May 21, 2019
6:40 p.m. CDT Monday:
A new tornado warning has been issued for a storm located 9 miles south of Lomax, Texas. A tornado is possible in this area as well as lightning, heavy rainfall and golf ball-sized hail.
640PM CDT: Three discrete supercells lined up from Stanton to Crane. These are very dangerous storms and the northern most storm has a history of producing tornadoes! STAY INDOORS if you are near any of these storms! #txwx pic.twitter.com/VFqJLqBzuC— NWS Midland (@NWSMidland) May 20, 2019
6:30 p.m. CDT Monday:
A tornado that touched down in Mangum, Oklahoma, has caused significant damage to buildings and homes.
5:33 p.m. CDT Monday:
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer is chasing a very large tornado north of Mangum, Oklahoma. If you are near this area, take shelter immediately!
5:20 p.m. CDT Monday:
Tornado damage to houses and buildings has been reported in Mindenmines, Missouri, and in Barton County, Missouri. The tornado has since lifted.
4:30 p.m. CDT Monday:
A tornadic supercell southwest of Gould, Oklahoma, will likely produce a large tornado. If you are near this area, seek shelter immediately.
3:45 p.m. CDT Monday:
There is a serious threat for hail in excess of 3 inches today across portions of Texas and Oklahoma. Hail of this magnitude can lead to extensive damage to anything left outside.
Residents of Wellington, Texas, are sharing pictures of extremely large, baseball-sized hail on social media.
3:40 p.m. CDT Monday:
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer reports a dangerous tornado is heading toward Crescent, Oklahoma. If you are near this area, take cover now!
2:58 p.m. CDT Monday:
A confirmed tornado was located near Paducah, Texas, moving northeast at 40 mph. Reports indicate it is a rope tornado.
1:35 p.m. CDT Monday:
A new tornado watch has been issued across central Oklahoma and parts of northern Texas. This is a particularly dangerous situation and includes Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, and Elk City, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls and Seymour, Texas.
"This is only the second watch in SPC history where every category of watch probabilities ([tornado], wind, hail) are at greater than 95%. The only other watch like this was issued for Alabama on 27 April 2011," SPC said on Twitter.
Behind the scenes on the PDS tornado watch being coordinated between SPC lead forecaster John Hart and WFO meteorologist Alex Zwink. pic.twitter.com/AblgVahKt1— NWS Norman (@NWSNorman) May 20, 2019
12:35 p.m. CDT Monday:
The City of Moore, Oklahoma, which has been struck by multiple powerful tornadoes in its history, has said that due to the severe weather forecast for central Oklahoma, buildings and city operations will be ceasing at 1 p.m. local time.
"This includes City Hall, Public Works, Parks & Recreation (The Station and the Brand Senior Center). Thank you and please be weather aware through today, tonight, and into tomorrow," officials said in a statement.
May 20 is the six-year anniversary of the EF5 tornado that leveled Moore.
The first tornado watch of the day has been issued for part of the Texas Panhandle. A tornado watch means that conditions will become favorable for tornadoes to develop in the coming hours.
This is a particularly dangerous situation. Intense tornadoes, grapefruit-sized hail and winds over 70 mph are likely with storms that develop in this area.
11:50 a.m. CDT Monday:
AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer discussed the substantial threats associated with the severe weather danger in the central and southern Plains today.
Live UPDATE on major #tornado outbreak that will be underway this afternoon across west TX into western and central OK. This is as real as it gets for strong tornado potential. Dial in those safety plans and stay tuned to watches/warnings @breakingweather @accuweather pic.twitter.com/0oxNnsoLiC— Reed Timmer (@ReedTimmerAccu) May 20, 2019
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