Last Updated: Thursday, May 7, 2015

Flash flood emergency declared for first time in Oklahoma City history


The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a flash flood emergency for the first time in Oklahoma City metro area.

Over 3 inches of rain fell at Will Rodgers World Airport in the span of a single hour on Wednesday. Furthermore, the National Weather Service in Norman, Oklahoma states that 7.10 inches throughout the day, making it the wettest May day on record, The Weather Channel has written.

The storms dumped up to 6 inches in the southern part of Oklahoma City, prompting the city to issue a flash flood emergency shortly after 9 p.m. local time.

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According to Red Cross Oklahoma, shelter will open by midnight at Santa Maria Virgen Episcopal Church located at 5500 S Western Ave.

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The tornadoes that hit Oklahoma and rural parts of Kansas and Nebraska have destroyed dozens of homes and overturned cars. Tornado caused worst damage in the Oklahoma City area where homes at Bridge Creek, Amber and Blanchard have been destroyed, Associated Press reported.

That storm flipped vehicles on Interstate 35 and left power lines strewn across the roadway, meteorologist Michael Scotten with the National Weather Service in Norman said.

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