‘Violent’ Tornadoes and Flash Floods Threaten 2 Million People in Oklahoma and Texas

By Jesse Sokolow on 20 May 2019
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Over two million people are in the path of a series of storms that are bringing heavy rain and “violent” tornados to Texas and Oklahoma.

The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center issued a “high risk” warning for northwestern Texas into western and central Oklahoma.    The high-risk threat level 5 out of 5 is rarely invoked.

“This event should result in a significant threat to life and property,” the agency said in a statement, calling it a “particularly dangerous situation.”

The tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. local time.

Schools in Tulsa and Oklahoma City closed early due to the forecast.

In addition, some 50 million people are at risk of a weather pattern that is bringing high winds, large hail, and flash flooding to the surrounding area.

Meanwhile, high winds and inclement weather around the country resulted in the cancellation of over 500 flights and over 4,100 delays as of 4 p.m. EDT, with the majority of those delays and cancellations affecting American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, both headquartered in Texas.

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