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April 19, 2013

More much-needed April showers fill the forecast next week

NORMAN — Norman received around 2 inches of rain over the last 24 hours and more rain could be on the way early next week.

“Here at the Weather Center we got 1.87 inches,”said Matthew Day, National Weather Service meteorologist. “We got 2.35 inches at the Norman Mesonet located at Westheimer Airport.”

Day said there is a possibility of more rain in the forecast.

“It looks like we have another cold front moving in early on Monday and we’ll probably have the rain chances early Monday into Tuesday,” Day said.

Norman missed the most damaging parts of the storm that hit Oklahoma. Southwest Oklahoma had hail and high winds, Day said.

“We got a couple of gusts from 60 or 70 mile an hour wind gusts,”Day said, but none of those reports were from Norman. “There was a wind report seven miles south of Choctaw and in Lexington.”

“We had some high winds, we had some limbs down and we had flash floods,”said District 3 County Commissioner Rusty Sullivan. “We had some crews out last night.”

Sullivan said his crews are cleaning debris out of ditches today.

“This was basically straight-lined winds, is what I understand,”Sullivan said. “And a lot of rain in a short amount of time.”

Sullivan said he knows of no significant damage in the Lexington area.

Despite the tornado siren sounding around 9 p.m. Wednesday, Norman has no reports of a tornado within city limits.

“The sirens are activated and the goal is to give you a lead time for when the tornado would happen,”said Norman Fire Chief James Fullingim. “They are activated based on a credible report of a tornado forming or sighting or a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service.

“When those sirens are activated, that does not mean there has been a tornado warning and it does not mean there is a tornado.

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