Storms Leave Thousands without Power; Wind, Hail Damage in Some Areas
Sunday’s thunderstorm outbreak left more than 2,000 Texoma residents without power overnight and into the morning on Monday. Oncor Energy reports that power is gradually being restored this morning to affected residents. PSO reports power crews working to restore power to residents in Southern Oklahoma, but some residents could be without power for several more hours as crews work to repair power lines and transformers damage by high winds.
Wichita County was briefly under a Tornado Warning Sunday evening. National Weather Service radar indicated a rotating storm capable of producing a tornado in northern Wichita County at around 9:15 pm. No tornado was reported, but it did put residents on edge. Sunday was the 37th anniversary of the April 10, 1979 tornado outbreak across North Texas and Southern Oklahoma.
Storms north of the Red River produced strong straight line winds well into the late night hours. Winds in excess of 100 mph were reported at Frederick and Chattanooga. Damage reports so far have been limited to damaged roofs and downed power lines and fences. National Radar indicated hail to the size of tennis balls in storms in both North Texas and Southern Oklahoma. There were reports on the ground of hail from pea size up to golf ball size from Benjamin in Baylor County to north of Burkburnett and in Tillman and Cotton County in Oklahoma.
Today, the severe weather focus will begin shifting to the east as a cold front pushes through Texas and Oklahoma.