LIVE: ‘Prolific’ severe weather event sparks tornadoes, hail and flooding in Oklahoma, Texas –

Monster severe storms struck the central United States once again, sparking life-threatening impacts such as long-track tornadoes and flash flooding across the region through Monday night.

The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center (SPC) issued a high risk for portions of Oklahoma and Texas, the first time a high risk warning has been issued by the agency since May 2017. The severe outbreak was the highest tornado risk since April 14, 2012.

Storms on Monday produced golf ball-sized hail and strong wind gusts across the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma.

Confirmed tornadoes left damage behind in north of Mangum, Oklahoma, and another tornado near Paducah, Texas.


Rope tornado in Paducah, Texas.


Rope tornado in Paducah, Kentucky.


Baseball-sized hail in Wellington, Texas.


Extremely large hail in Wellington, Texas.

According to AccuWeather forecasters, straight-line wind gusts, in lieu of a tornado, can reach an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 90 mph, which will knock down trees and cut off power in some communities.

Monday’s severe weather danger came on the heels of a severe weather outbreak that struck the region late last week through the weekend. At least 50 tornado reports came in across the central and southern Plains. The threat will continue with many areas at risk again Tuesday.

The primary concern area into the late Monday night hours were central Oklahoma; the Oklahoma City metro area; southwest through Lawton, Oklahoma; and Wichita Falls, Texas, to the area between Abilene and Midland, Texas. Much of that area is also at high risk to see flooding, particularly from central Oklahoma to southeast Kansas and much of west central and southwestern Missouri.

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This image shows the central U.S. around midday Monday on May 20, 2019. (Image/NOAA/CCIRA/RAMMB)

Days after surviving a close encounter with a tornado in Nebraska, AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer will be in the field chasing the storms and providing live updates for the AccuWeather Network.

Timmer said Monday’s threat was one of the “more prolific severe weather setups we have seen in several years.” Residents in the high-risk area should have a severe weather safety plan in place, he added.

In advance of the storms, schools closed in parts of Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area. Tinker Air Force Base said it was evacuating aircraft, but the base’s operating status remains open.

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1:45 a.m. CDT Monday:

Heavy rain and thunderstorms continue to inundate the Leach and Peggs, Oklahoma, areas after a tornado produced significant damage in both communities Monday night. Flooding continues to be a major concern in the area.

Emergency responders are checking for injuries and attempting to assess and begin cleaning up the storm damage.

12:45 a.m. CDT Monday:

Trees are down and blocking roadways near Leach, Oklahoma, after a tornado ripped through the area Monday night.

12:20 a.m. CDT Monday:

A tornado that tore through Peggs, Oklahoma, has damaged numerous buildings and mobile homes. One family was inside their mobile home when it was flipped and seriously damaged by the storm. Miraculously, none of the family members were injured.

12:00 a.m. CDT Monday:

A severe thunderstorm warning is in effect for Rolla, Missouri, and surrounding areas until 12:30 a.m. CDT Tuesday. This violent line of storms has a history of producing roof and property damage near Montreal, Missouri.

11:15 p.m. CDT Monday:

Thunderstorms with torrential downpours that continue to repeatedly move over the same areas in northeastern Oklahoma have prompted a flash flood emergency until 5:15 a.m. CDT.

10:50 p.m. CDT Monday:

A confirmed tornado is on the ground moving toward Leach and Cloud Creek, Kansas. Take cover in a basement or underground storm shelter immediately!

10:40 p.m. CDT Monday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer captured incredible footage of a tornado that caused significant structural damage to the northwest of Mangum, Oklahoma, on Monday afternoon.

10:15 p.m. CDT Monday:

Two tornado warnings have been issued just to the southeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma, until 10:45 and 11:00 p.m. CDT. Residents in the path of these storms should take cover immediately!

10:00 p.m. CDT Monday:

A tornado watch has been issued for a large part of west-central Texas until 4:00 a.m. CDT. Multiple tornado and severe thunderstorm warnings are in effect from Midland to Haskell, Texas.

9:40 p.m. CDT Monday:

The storm that produced a tornado near Rotan, Texas, continues to move northeastward toward McCaulley and Hamlin, Texas. A tornado warning is in effect for eastern Fisher and northwestern Jones counties.

A tornado warning is also in effect for Bernecker, Texas, until 10:15 p.m. CDT.

9:15 p.m. CDT Monday:

Trained storm spotters have confirmed that the tornado-warned storm currently impacting Fisher County, Texas, has in fact produced a tornado.

8:30 p.m. CDT Monday:

More severe damage is shown in Mangum, Oklahoma. Many homes and structures were destroyed. Reports say there are no reported injuries.

7:10 p.m. CDT Monday:

The storm southeast of Midland, Texas, is very dangerous and has a history of producing a tornado.

6:40 p.m. CDT Monday:

A new tornado warning has been issued for a storm located 9 miles south of Lomax, Texas. A tornado is possible in this area as well as lightning, heavy rainfall and golf ball-sized hail.

6:30 p.m. CDT Monday:

A tornado that touched down in Mangum, Oklahoma, has caused significant damage to buildings and homes.

5:33 p.m. CDT Monday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer is chasing a very large tornado north of Mangum, Oklahoma. If you are near this area, take shelter immediately!

5:20 p.m. CDT Monday:

Tornado damage to houses and buildings has been reported in Mindenmines, Missouri, and in Barton County, Missouri. The tornado has since lifted.

4:30 p.m. CDT Monday:

A tornadic supercell southwest of Gould, Oklahoma, will likely produce a large tornado. If you are near this area, seek shelter immediately.

3:45 p.m. CDT Monday:

There is a serious threat for hail in excess of 3 inches today across portions of Texas and Oklahoma. Hail of this magnitude can lead to extensive damage to anything left outside.

Residents of Wellington, Texas, are sharing pictures of extremely large, baseball-sized hail on social media.


Baseball-sized hail in Wellington, Texas.

3:40 p.m. CDT Monday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer reports a dangerous tornado is heading toward Crescent, Oklahoma. If you are near this area, take cover now!

2:58 p.m. CDT Monday:

A confirmed tornado was located near Paducah, Texas, moving northeast at 40 mph. Reports indicate it is a rope tornado.


Rope tornado in Paducah, Texas. (Twitter/MattChow97)

1:35 p.m. CDT Monday:

A new tornado watch has been issued across central Oklahoma and parts of northern Texas. This is a particularly dangerous situation and includes Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, and Elk City, Oklahoma, and Wichita Falls and Seymour, Texas.

“This is only the second watch in SPC history where every category of watch probabilities ([tornado], wind, hail) are at greater than 95%. The only other watch like this was issued for Alabama on 27 April 2011,” SPC said on Twitter.

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12:35 p.m. CDT Monday:

The City of Moore, Oklahoma, which has been struck by multiple powerful tornadoes in its history, has said that due to the severe weather forecast for central Oklahoma, buildings and city operations will be ceasing at 1 p.m. local time.

“This includes City Hall, Public Works, Parks & Recreation (The Station and the Brand Senior Center). Thank you and please be weather aware through today, tonight, and into tomorrow,” officials said in a statement.

May 20 is the six-year anniversary of the EF5 tornado that leveled Moore.

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A billboard along a highway in Oklahoma is warning drivers of the elevated severe weather on Monday. (Twitter/@RyanToemmes)

The first tornado watch of the day has been issued for part of the Texas Panhandle. A tornado watch means that conditions will become favorable for tornadoes to develop in the coming hours.

This is a particularly dangerous situation. Intense tornadoes, grapefruit-sized hail and winds over 70 mph are likely with storms that develop in this area.

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11:50 a.m. CDT Monday:

AccuWeather Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer discussed the substantial threats associated with the severe weather danger in the central and southern Plains today.

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