Tornadoes Kill at Least 2, Destroy Homes in Oklahoma

Courtesy Ben Flora(ELMORE CITY, Okla.) -- A tornado that tore through Wynnewood, Oklahoma, Monday afternoon, left one man dead, several homes severely damaged or destroyed, and killed some livestock, officials said.

The victim was a 76-year-old man who lived by himself in a trailer when the tornado struck, according to Garvin County Sheriff Larry Rhodes.

A dozen homes were severely damaged or destroyed, said Rhodes. He adding that the damage was "extensive" given how rural the area is.

Rhodes said there were no other injuries or fatalities reported in Wynnewood.

After hitting Wynnewood, the tornado moved east across I-35 toward Joy, Oklahoma. Forecasters issued a "tornado emergency" for communities in that area, noting the storm could be particularly violent.

The Johnston County Sheriff's Department said a man was killed by a tornado that hit the Connerville-Bromide area, and it was investigating reports of other injuries and damage.

And the threat is not over. The National Weather Service issued a tornado emergency for the Hickory and Roff, Oklahoma, areas, where a large and dangerous tornado was approaching.

 

 

A tornado watch had been issued earlier in the afternoon for parts of Oklahoma, Arkansas and northeastern Texas. The watch is in effect until 9 p.m. CT.

A severe thunderstorm watch was issued for parts of Oklahoma and Kansas, also in effect until 9 p.m. CT Monday.

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California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfires

California anticipates much-needed rain this week after catastrophic wildfiresGoogle Earth(NEW YORK) -- Ravaged by a slew of deadly wildfires in recent days, northern California is set to get a bit of relief this week in the form of rain.

A storm system is expected to move over the Pacific Northwest later this week and the trailing cold front will most likely bring some much-needed rain to northern California between Thursday and Friday, according to ABC meteorologists.

"It will rain a bit but not enough to fully douse the blazes," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Ken Clark said in a statement Tuesday. "The biggest advantage to firefighters will be the increase in humidity and lower temperatures."

Massive wildfires have charred more than 245,000 acres of land statewide in the past week, killing at least 41 people and destroying thousands of homes, according to authorities.

Firefighters were battling about a dozen wildfires as of late Tuesday evening, although most of them were more than halfway contained.

“The weather today will be warm with low humidity, which will continue to challenge firefighters, but only light winds are forecast,” CalFire said in a statement on Tuesday. “A chance of precipitation is expected to arrive later in the week, bringing relief from the dry conditions.”

The northern parts of the Golden State, which has bared the brunt of the fire damage, is forecast to see an influx of cloudy, cooler and wetter weather later in the week, according to AccuWeather.

Spotter from Los Osos was reporting sprinkles from this high level moisture. Dry at lower levels. Rain evaporates. Also called "Virga" #cawx pic.twitter.com/sgxj3bdXZQ

— NWS Los Angeles (@NWSLosAngeles) October 18, 2017

However, a return of dry air, heat and areas of gusty winds could once again raise the wildfire danger early next week, meteorologists said.

Separately, a band of moisture, referred to as Atmospheric River by weather experts, is currently stretching between Asia and North America. It’s expected to bring several storm systems into many parts of the Pacific Northwest through the rest of the week.

The first of these storms have already hit the Pacific Northwest with wind gusts of between 40 and 74 mph.

A number of wind warnings and flood watches are in effect in the western and northern parts of the U.S. ahead of the storm.

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