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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Tornado Watch Number 279
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
405 PM CDT Sat May 27 2017
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
* Tornado Watch for portions of
Eastern and Central Oklahoma
* Effective this Saturday afternoon from 405 PM until Midnight
* Primary threats include...
A few tornadoes and a couple intense tornadoes possible
Widespread large hail and isolated very large hail events to 3
inches in diameter likely
Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
SUMMARY...Isolated severe thunderstorms are expected to form over
the eastern half of Oklahoma this afternoon and evening, drifting
into northwest Arkansas. Very large hail, damaging winds, and
isolated tornadoes will be possible in the strongest cells.
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 75 statute miles
east and west of a line from 30 miles northwest of Grove OK to
Durant OK. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated
watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).
REMEMBER...A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.
OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...CONTINUE...WW 275...WW 276...WW
AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
surface and aloft to 3 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 550. Mean
storm motion vector 27030.