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April 9, 2013

Severe weather warning issued for Stillwater and Payne County

STILLWATER, Okla. — The National Weather Service in Norman has issued a severe weather warning for Tuesday and Tuesday night.

Payne County Emergency Manager Jeff Kuhn said high winds and large hail are likely for the county.

The moderate risk area covers locations near and east of a line extending from Seymour, Texas to Lawton, Yukon and Ponca City. Isolated storms could form between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and widespread storms are expected after 7 p.m as strong cold front will move over the region.

Weather service officials are warning of baseball sized hail, 80 mph wind gusts and tornadoes with discrete supercells.

Kuhn said a squall line will be forming over Payne County meaning high risk for hail and winds but a low risk of tornadoes. Tornadoes forming on a squall line is unlikely and if they do form they are weak, Kuhn said. He said southern Oklahoma will have the biggest threat for tornadoes.

Kuhn said the cold front predicted to mix with a dry air will produce baseball sized hail.

"It will hit somewhere, hopefully it won't be here," Kuhn said. He advised residents to listen to  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association radios or to check the news for updated weather reports.


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