Flash Flood Watch for TX Panhandle and Oklahoma
BROWNSVILLE (NEWSCENTER 23) — Flash Flooding is the number one natural hazard killer in the U.S.
This is why it's extremely important to get the word out that there is a flash flooding watch in TX Panhandle, and areas in Oklahoma.
An area of thunderstorms over Texas and Oklahoma is expected to grow this evening and overnight, leading to areas of heavy rainfall and possible flooding.
Severe storms will also be possible.
The flash flood watch is now in effect through Monday evening.
The following places are under this flood flash watch:
In central Oklahoma:
Canadian, Cleveland, Grady, Kingfisher, Lincoln, Logan, McClain, Oklahoma, Payne, and Pottawatomie.
In East Central Oklahoma: Hughes and Seminole,
In northern Oklahoma: Garfield, Grant, Kay and Noble.
In northwest Oklahoma: Alfalfa, Blaine, Dewey, Ellis, Harper, Major, Woods and Woodward.
In Southwest Oklahoma: Caddo, Greer and Kiowa.
In Western Oklahoma: Beckham, Custer, Roger Mills and Washita.
In addition to scattered afternoon storms, another overnight storm is expected tonight into Sunday and Monday.
This will result in heavy rainfall across much of the area. Rainfall amounts of 3-5 inches with higher amounts around the cities.
Due to the heavy rainfall and excessive runoff, this may lead to areas of flash flooding.
The counties in TX are as follows:
Harmon- Jackson- Tillman-Comanche-Stephens-Garvin-Murray-Pontotoc-Cotton-Jefferson-Carter-Love-Hardeman-Foard-Wilbarger-Wichita-Knox-Baylor-Archer-Clay-
Including the cities of Hollis, Altus, Frederick, Lawton, Duncan, Pauls Valley, Sulphur, Ada, Walters, Waurika, Ardmore, Marietta, Qhuanah, Chillicothe, Crowell, Vernon, Wichita Falls, Munday, Knox City, Seymour, Archer City, Holliday, Lakeside City, Henrietta.
Keep in mind that along with heavy rain, there could be winds gusting up to 70 mph and hail the size of ping pong balls.
The chances of thunderstorms forming in these areas are about 60-80 percent.
Some safety percautions to take is keep informed on when this watch becomes a warning.
Make plans to get to higher ground if flooding happens.
And NEVER drive your vehicle into water over roadways.
Remember turn around don't drown!