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May 30, 2013

Clouds provide show, lightning; scant on rain

DUNCAN —

Anyone out during the evening rush hour Wednesday probably saw the dark, ominous cloud gathering over the northern portion of Stephens County.
It issued lightning and provided a show for sky watchers, while at the same time, a tornado watch was in effect for much of Oklahoma. As the clouds moved and rolled, seeming to gather into one extremely large structure, deputies and area storm spotters were keeping an eye on it. 
According to Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney, the cloud was probably a shelf cloud. 
Within 15 minutes, the cloud had moved farther north, but McKinney said, Rush Springs and Chickasha were getting quite a bit of rain from the storm system. 
Very little rain from the backend of the first storm system dropped on Duncan. 
Oklahoma wasn’t the only state in the red zone for tornado watches and warnings. Texas, Kansas, Nebraska and New York were also dealing with the same problem. A tornado warning was issued for New York about 7:20 p.m. 
The Tor:Con risk had been increased for Oklahoma to a 7, or 70 percent chance of tornados. It was issued by the National Weather Service and Dr. Greg Forbes. The Weather Channel also pre-empted all pre-programmed shows at 2 p.m. to bring live coverage of Tornado Alley storms. 
Wichita County, Kansas, was also in the tornado-warned areas and The Weather Channel had a reporter in the field there during the live coverage. 
That original system was moving directly into central Oklahoma, including the metro-region of Oklahoma City, by 7 p.m. “Healing in the Heartland” coordinated by Blake Shelton as a benefit concert was scheduled to happen at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, and televised live at 8 p.m. CST.

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