The Edmond Sun

May 17, 2013

Potential ‘significant’ severe weather in Edmond forecast

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Significant severe weather capable of producing very large hail and tornadoes will be possible Sunday and Monday in the Edmond area.

Due to the potential for severe weather, first pitch for Sunday’s Battle of the Brave baseball game benefiting the family of Edmond Fire Capt. John Werhun will be a half hour earlier than scheduled — at 1 p.m. — on the Memorial High School baseball field. The field is located just south of Central Middle School on Rankin Street. Admission for all ages is free.

Isolated to widely scattered strong to severe storms will be possible Saturday afternoon and evening across western Oklahoma and north Texas, according to National Weather Service meteorologists.

The potential for significant severe weather will exist Sunday and Monday, when a dryline and weak cold front are in the area. Impacts both days could be very large hail, damaging winds and tornadoes.

KOCO reports a storm may develop as early as 2 p.m. Sunday, and storms that fire will become severe very quickly. Sunday’s threats will be for hail up to the size of baseballs and the threat for tornadoes.

There is the potential for strong, long-tracked tornadoes.

The greatest risk of severe weather will exist Monday, when storms will develop early in the afternoon, according to KOCO meteorologists. Ingredients will be in place for a potential significant severe weather event with very large hail and large long-track tornadoes.

Other hazardous weather includes the possibility of heavy rainfall, which could cause some localized flooding, especially in low-lying or poorly drained areas, according to the NWS.

Since details for Sunday and Monday will continue to change, the NWS urged residents to check the forecast often and have a severe weather safety plan in place.

The NWS’ next hazardous weather outlook will be issued by 5 a.m. Saturday. Storm chances will continue Tuesday through Thursday, but the risk of severe weather will be much lower, NWS predicts.

Storms that produced strong tornadoes in north Texas earlier this week highlight the potential impacts this time of year.

At least 10 tornadoes were reported Wednesday in Hood, Johnson and Ellis counties (Texas), according to the Texas Department of Public Safety. A tornado touchdown was also reported in Harrison County. Preliminary rating from the Granbury tornado is an EF-4. Tornadoes caused six confirmed fatalities and damaged about 100 homes. | 341-2121, ext. 108