The National Weather Service has issued a severe storm warning for Norman County, Oklahoma, on April 26, 2016. This severe weather warning extends from 1:30 p.m. through 11:00 p.m. CST. The areas at the highest risk include Ponca City, Enid, Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Ada, Lawton, Ardmore, Durant and Wichita Falls.
There is a moderate risk of potential tornadoes, which will increase into the late afternoon and into the evening. Hail has been predicted to be, at maximum, the size of softballs. Damaging winds could get up to 80 mph.
Again, this severe storm warning will last through the afternoon and into the evening of April 26. The National Weather Service suggests having on hand a kit with emergency supplies, including 72 hours’ worth of food and water. The kit should also contain a flashlight, batteries and any items that could help a person who may be trapped. In emergency situations, people could be stuck in their homes without electricity for three days or longer.
The National Weather Service also recommends that families have an emergency communication plan. This should include, but is not limited to, a list of places to meet and alternative ways to let everyone know they are all right or in need of assistance.
By Jeanette Smith
National Weather Service Weather Office: Severe Weather Safety Information
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