Tornado Watch Issued for Central and Eastern Oklahoma

May 30, 2013

Credit National Weather Service / Storm Prediction Center

The National Weather Service has issued a Tornado Watch for most of Central and Eastern Oklahoma until 10 p.m.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman warns there is a moderate risk of severe weather over much of eastern and central Oklahoma on Thursday.

“We have a very complex forecast again today,” says National Weather Service warning coordination meteorologist Rick Smith. “We do look into the atmosphere and see more ingredients in place today for supercells and tornadoes than what we saw yesterday.”

A tornado watch was posted for Oklahoma at early afternoon, with supercells possibly producing 3-inch hail and some tornadoes, some of which could be significant. When storms form, they will generally move toward the east.

The National Weather Service says thunderstorms may approach the tornado recovery zone in Central Oklahoma between 2:30 and 4 p.m.

“Storms may develop 1-2 counties west of Interstate 35 along the dryline,” Smith says. “[There is a] higher tornado potential today, higher potential for large hail today. Still lots of question marks, though. This is not a slam-dunk guaranteed tornado forecast.”

There is also a moderate risk for Friday in much of the same area as Thursday's risk area.