’Nowhere For The Water To Go’: Tornadoes, Floods Hit Central US Day After 20 Tornadoes

 Wednesday, May 22, 2019

 USA Today

Strong winds, downpours and at least one tornado battered the central U.S. Tuesday, a day after more than 20 tornadoes rolled through the region.

Still more severe storms – with large hail the greatest threat – were forecast for Wednesday, the Storm Prediction Center said, from Texas to the Great Lakes. Eastern Kansas and western Missouri were the areas at highest risk for the foul weather.

On Tuesday, flooding led to high-water rescues in Oklahoma and a tornado roared near Tulsa International Airport.

"Luckily no damage," airport officials tweeted Tuesday morning.

One person was injured as travelers were briefly moved to shelters and some flights were canceled.

In Stillwater, Oklahoma State University shut down and emergency responders were rescuing people from homes overwhelmed by high water. El Reno, 25 miles west of Oklahoma City, was partially underwater.

City Hall and schools were closed, and first responders were "working diligently to assist the citizens affected by high water," Mayor Matt White said.

"All the ponds and all the creeks are completely full," he said. "There is nowhere for the water to go."

In Texas, high winds and storms forced Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to alter traffic patterns, causing some arriving flights to be delayed an average of 1 hour and 36 minutes.