Tornado watch in effect until 9 p.m.


Tuesday, May 13th 2008, 10:43 am
By: News 9


By Carrie Rose, NEWS 9 Weather Team

A tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. for parts of south-central, central, and east-central Oklahoma Tuesday. This watch does include south sides of the Oklahoma City area.

Severe storms are possible on Tuesday afternoon and evening as a cold front progresses southeast through Oklahoma.

As with many severe thunderstorm, the threats include large hail, damaging wind, and isolated tornadoes.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop mid- to late-afternoon and affect primarily the eastern two-thirds of the state.  Any storms that do form may quickly strengthen and become severe.  The primary threats will include hail and wind, but there is also an enhanced risk for the southeastern third of the state to have tornadoes.

Tonight, ongoing thunderstorms may develop into a squall line that will move through the state overnight.

Wednesday, there is a good chance for most of the state to get rain and thunderstorms.  Heavy rainfall and localized flooding is possible through Wednesday night. 

Severe storms are also possible across far southern Oklahoma.