Significant damage reported in parts of Oklahoma
Several tornadoes hit Oklahoma late Sunday night through early Monday morning, causing damage, but there were no immediate reports of deaths or injuries.
The severe weather system also brought heavy rain, lightning and wind to parts of Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Texas, and more stormy weather is predicted for parts of Central America this weekend.
Severe weather is not uncommon in the southern plains in October, said Chuck Hodges, senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tulsa. But Sunday’s storm was “like a spring setup,” he said.
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“We had unusually high humidity and a very, very strong weather system that came,” he said.
Hodges said there were reports of tornado warnings and damage in Oklahoma since Sunday afternoon, and survey teams with the Weather Service will leave on Monday to determine how many tornadoes occurred.
A potential tornado caused significant damage to a high school, homes and a gas station in the Tulsa suburb of Coveta late Sunday, news outlets reported, and classes at Coveta Public School were canceled Monday.
Earlier, baseball-sized hail had broken windows and cars in Norman, about 20 miles south of Oklahoma City.
No deaths or injuries were immediately reported.
Oklahoma Gas & Electric said in a statement that crews were working actively to restore power cuts.
Lightning, seemingly from a single line of storms, delayed an NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and Chiefs in Kansas City, Missouri, for nearly an hour on Sunday night.
The Storm Prediction Center said severe tornadoes are likely to hit parts of Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan on Monday, while Kansas and Oklahoma are likely to get tornadoes again on Tuesday.