During the afternoon and evening hours of February 10th, tornadoes touched down in central and south-central Oklahoma. For days leading up to the event, Gary and the NEWS 9 weather team warned the public of the risk for severe weather. At 12:40 that afternoon Gary issued a Priority 1. A Priority 1 means that there is a risk of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes. During a Priority 1 we have all hands on deck so that we can be adequately prepared to give proper coverage.
Tornadoes touched down in the Edmond area on the afternoon of February 10th. NEWS 9 StormTrackers were with the storm giving vital video and updates. Meteorologist StormTracker Val Castor was on the south side of Yukon, where he captured video of a wall cloud with rotation. Gary immediately issued a tornado warning for Canadian County and Oklahoma County at 2:19.
Between 2:25 and 2:30 StormTracker Bobby Payne got impressive footage of a tornado from the same wall cloud that produced the tornado that touched down at Northwest Expressway and Rockwell.
Up the road, at 10th & Morgan Road in west Oklahoma City, StormTracker Hank Brown captured a rotation at the base of a wall cloud at 2:30. StormTrackers Val Castor and Hank Brown continued to get video of rotation in the storm. At 2:38 Gary informed everyone that the tornado warning continued north of Bethany over Mercy Hospital.
At 3:01 Gary let everyone know that there was a tornado on the ground at Sorghum Mill and Kelly, moving northeast at 35 miles per hour. At that time Meteorologist StormTracker Val Castor was in that area getting footage of the wall cloud with the rain wrapped, cone shaped tornado. Also, at 3:03 StormTracker Bobby Payne was at Covell Road and I-35 getting video of the wall cloud producing the tornado, with the tornado on the ground only 2 miles northwest of his location.
Shortly after that at 3:10 StormTrackers Hank and Patty Brown were at Coltrane and Charter Oak Road getting video of the tornado roping out. At that time Meteorologist StormTracker Val Castor and StormTracker Amy Castor were at I-35 and Charter Oak Road getting incredible footage of large debris falling out of the sky.
The storms continued to move northeast and Gary issued a tornado warning for Payne County including Stillwater. For the storms to the northeast StormTracker Bobby Payne got some unbelievable footage of a tornado on the Lincoln and Logan county line, which was luckily in the middle of the field.
StormTrackers continued to track the storms with video and Gary continued to track the storms with radar in the studio throughout the duration of the tornado warnings until the storms weakened.
Later in the evening a tornado touched down near Petersburg at 6:50pm at the Oklahoma/ Texas border. The storm continued to make its way northeast, where it reached an EF4 intensity on the south side of Lone Grove between 7:25 and 7:30pm. Meteorologist Michael Armstrong was tracking the storm, and kept viewers advised of the storm’s path and intensity. Michael made several cut-ins. He made two cut-ins from 7:05-7:07 and from 7:17-7:19 where he projected the storm and gave estimated times the storm would be in Lone Grove. Then, once the EF4 touched down, Michael came on from 7:28-7:30 and 7:35-7:43 to give an update on the storm and warn the public that there was a tornado on the ground.