NORMAN — A fast-moving rainstorm dumped several inches of rain throughout central Oklahoma early Friday, stalling cars, swamping streets and dropping temperatures.
Several accidents were blamed on the weather. Police reported home flooding in low-lying areas. Debris-clogged storm drains were being reported throughout the city.
At 9 a.m. today the Oklahoma Mesonet showed Norman receiving 3.99 inches of rain in the past 24 hours. The heaviest rain was reported between 5 and 7 a.m.
Forecasters expected the rain to move out later this morning, leaving cooler temperatures this afternoon and evening.
Norman Police encouraged motorists to exercise extreme caution while traveling the streets of Norman today. Officers said a number of intersections and roadways were closed and impassable. “For your safety, we urge you to obey all signs and barricades and please do not drive around them. If at all possible, we would like to recommend that citizens simply avoid the roadways and flooded areas until the rain subsides and the roadways are opened back up for safe travel,” according to a release from Police Lt. Chad Vincent.