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Heavy rains bring flooding, tornadoes Monday across Oklahoma

Throughout Monday afternoon, multiple tornadoes touched down and heavy rain flooded areas across Oklahoma in what was expected to be one of the most violent storms in recent years.

Large storm systems hung over the western and central portions of the state for most of Monday, with small and large tornadoes moving through Crescent and Perry in northern central Oklahoma and Mangum in southwestern Oklahoma, among other locations.

Dozens of counties were put under tornado warnings and watches, as well as flash flood warnings and watches throughout the day and into Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Heavy rain, high winds, large hail, tornadoes and flooding were a main worry going into Monday night, said Ryan Barnes, a weather service meteorologist.

“The tornadoes so far have been mostly in rural areas, thankfully,” Barnes told The Oklahoman at 6 p.m. Monday night. “We’ll have a better idea on the exact number and confirmations of tornadoes (Tuesday).”

As of 6:30 p.m. Monday night, there were reports of damage to homes, barns and power lines, but no injuries had been reported, said Keli Cain, public information manager for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management. Some roads closed due to damage and flooding, as well, and Cain said damage assessments were still ongoing.

“The level of preparedness for (Monday) has been excellent,” Cain said. “Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management has been in contact with other state agencies and local emergency managers since late last week and over the weekend. A lot of different agencies have their resources on standby in the event that there’s a resource request and those items are needed.”

To prepare for the severe weather, Oklahoma City opened its underground Multi-Agency Coordination Center on Monday afternoon as an information clearinghouse for emergency responses to be staffed by representatives from multiple city departments, natural gas and electric utilities and more.

Oklahoma City also postponed Monday’s trash and recycling pickup until Wednesday. Tuesday’s trash pickup will be delayed by an hour, officials said.

At Will Rogers World Airport, flights were canceled from American Airlines and United Airlines, among others, to protect aircraft from damages and to deter possible long delays. Covered parking in garages and lots also filled up early in the day, said airport spokeswoman Karen Carney.

Some school districts, including Oklahoma City, Putnam City, Moore and Deer Creek, canceled classes Monday. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University also closed their campuses.

Tinker Air Force Base canceled events, encouraged employees to take a day of leave and evacuated aircraft over the weekend in anticipation of the severe weather.

Greer County Emergency Management Director Glynadee Edwards said the tornado that hit west of Mangum about 5:15 p.m. Monday caused some damage and knocked out power in the city. Some houses were hit, but officials were still surveying the damage and determining whether there were any injuries Monday night, Edwards said.

At Mangum Regional Medical Center, 15 patients and 17 employees took shelter in a safe area inside the hospital. Lynda James, a licensed practical nurse, said they couldn’t see or hear anything but the siren from where they were, but she was getting text messages Monday night about damage on the west side of Mangum.

Andrew Skidmore, Canadian County emergency management director, said a brief tornado touched down near Piedmont about 3:30 p.m. The tornado apparently moved into southeast Kingfisher County, he said.

Steve Loftis, Kingfisher County emergency management director, said he followed the tornado while it was rain-wrapped and moving through the southeast part of the county and into southwest Logan County.

"The tornado went from Okarche into Logan County and we did not see any damage whatsoever," Loftis said. "It was on the ground several times."

Staff writer Robert Medley contributed to this report.

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Drone image of flooding along Route 66, looking west towards El Reno and north from Route 66. Image by Dave Morris

Drone image of flooding along Route 66, looking west towards El Reno and north from Route 66. Image by Dave Morris

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[Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-dcebcdb34bad108253ef085877433449.jpg" alt="Photo - Jose Menjibar check the flood damage to his property as he walk through the water after heavy rains flooded areas in El Reno, Okla. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="Jose Menjibar check the flood damage to his property as he walk through the water after heavy rains flooded areas in El Reno, Okla. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>Jose Menjibar check the flood damage to his property as he walk through the water after heavy rains flooded areas in El Reno, Okla. on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-833641ee3f10960ad7c06afe4d532d6b.jpg" alt="Photo - A car is stranded in flood waters on Banner Rd. in El Reno, Okla. after heavy rains flooded the area on Monday, May 20, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A car is stranded in flood waters on Banner Rd. in El Reno, Okla. after heavy rains flooded the area on Monday, May 20, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A car is stranded in flood waters on Banner Rd. in El Reno, Okla. after heavy rains flooded the area on Monday, May 20, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-9d86e8405a786a9dcb72f8e245266961.jpg" alt="Photo - A truck is stranded in flood waters on Radio Rd. near Elm St. after heavy rains flooded areas in El Reno, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] " title="A truck is stranded in flood waters on Radio Rd. near Elm St. after heavy rains flooded areas in El Reno, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] "><figcaption>A truck is stranded in flood waters on Radio Rd. near Elm St. after heavy rains flooded areas in El Reno, Okla. on Monday, May 20, 2019. [Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e68f1c0a6c686268a77a00d23f1a6eb3.jpg" alt="Photo - Floodwaters carry hay bales over over NW 178 just west of portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Floodwaters carry hay bales over over NW 178 just west of portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Floodwaters carry hay bales over over NW 178 just west of portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-d984163884f462552ea6e61bedf981f6.jpg" alt="Photo - Floodwaters rush over NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Floodwaters rush over NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Floodwaters rush over NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b3316ad733ce74c6a1f20a9a005e1108.jpg" alt="Photo - A vehicle leaves a driveway on NW 178 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A vehicle leaves a driveway on NW 178 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A vehicle leaves a driveway on NW 178 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ae47d1f2407c4003b5cdb6921329458f.jpg" alt="Photo - Floodwaters carry a road sign off the road on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Floodwaters carry a road sign off the road on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Floodwaters carry a road sign off the road on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6a330cf163e35afd2f68b220b92369b2.jpg" alt="Photo - Floodwater flows over NW 178 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Floodwater flows over NW 178 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Floodwater flows over NW 178 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c2f941aca5fe49717eee3745b8343005.jpg" alt="Photo - Water flows over Meridian just north of NW 206 in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Water flows over Meridian just north of NW 206 in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Water flows over Meridian just north of NW 206 in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-aa666b1095f46d019ad727d949175dc0.jpg" alt="Photo - A vehicle is stranded in floodwaters on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A vehicle is stranded in floodwaters on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A vehicle is stranded in floodwaters on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-52bafd6459ce27b982f1088992615e87.jpg" alt="Photo - A truck stops in front of floodwater on NW 192 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A truck stops in front of floodwater on NW 192 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A truck stops in front of floodwater on NW 192 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c48a613ad63c77e4b19afb24f1a8ef31.jpg" alt="Photo - A vehicle is stranded in floodwaters on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="A vehicle is stranded in floodwaters on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>A vehicle is stranded in floodwaters on NW 206 just west of Portland in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ce7d99546f169d83d882aabada238e77.jpg" alt="Photo - Horses are tied to trees near a home surrounded by floodwaters on Council just north of NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]" title="Horses are tied to trees near a home surrounded by floodwaters on Council just north of NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]"><figcaption>Horses are tied to trees near a home surrounded by floodwaters on Council just north of NW 164 in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, May 21, 2019. 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(Billy Hefton/Enid News &amp; Eagle via AP)" title="Uncle John Creek is overflowing it's banks in Kingfisher, Okla., Tuesday May 21, 2019. (Billy Hefton/Enid News &amp; Eagle via AP)"><figcaption>Uncle John Creek is overflowing it's banks in Kingfisher, Okla., Tuesday May 21, 2019. (Billy Hefton/Enid News &amp; Eagle via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6a9681cba8335647e77545719b536237.jpg" alt="Photo - Traffic drives through flood water across U.S. 81 in downtown Kingfisher, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2019 prior to law enforcement diverting traffic. (Billy Hefton / Enid News &amp; Eagle via AP)" title="Traffic drives through flood water across U.S. 81 in downtown Kingfisher, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2019 prior to law enforcement diverting traffic. (Billy Hefton / Enid News &amp; Eagle via AP)"><figcaption>Traffic drives through flood water across U.S. 81 in downtown Kingfisher, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2019 prior to law enforcement diverting traffic. (Billy Hefton / Enid News &amp; Eagle via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-637ded0937085c81840dd2aa1d0489dc.jpg" alt="Photo - Karen Spencer is helped to her storm cellar by her daughter Tammi Foster in Peggs, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Spencer's home was hit by an apparent tornado on Monday night. She and her husband Ed didn't have time to make it to the cellar on Monday and rode the storm out in their home. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)" title="Karen Spencer is helped to her storm cellar by her daughter Tammi Foster in Peggs, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Spencer's home was hit by an apparent tornado on Monday night. She and her husband Ed didn't have time to make it to the cellar on Monday and rode the storm out in their home. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>Karen Spencer is helped to her storm cellar by her daughter Tammi Foster in Peggs, Okla. Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Spencer's home was hit by an apparent tornado on Monday night. She and her husband Ed didn't have time to make it to the cellar on Monday and rode the storm out in their home. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-4cdf28cbbc321912cf7e4c4bfe26f471.jpg" alt="Photo - Kayden Evans, left, 6, and Keely Younger, 6, play in the water on a flooded street in El Reno, Okla., following heavy rains Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)" title="Kayden Evans, left, 6, and Keely Younger, 6, play in the water on a flooded street in El Reno, Okla., following heavy rains Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)"><figcaption>Kayden Evans, left, 6, and Keely Younger, 6, play in the water on a flooded street in El Reno, Okla., following heavy rains Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e2cd377eee17faa48e7a41cb5d122b33.jpg" alt="Photo - Karen Spencer is helped to her storm cellar by her daughter Tammi Foster in Peggs, Ok. Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Spencer's home was hit by an apparent tornado on Monday night. She and her husband Ed didn't have time to make it to the cellar on Monday and rode the storm out in their home. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)" title="Karen Spencer is helped to her storm cellar by her daughter Tammi Foster in Peggs, Ok. Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Spencer's home was hit by an apparent tornado on Monday night. She and her husband Ed didn't have time to make it to the cellar on Monday and rode the storm out in their home. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>Karen Spencer is helped to her storm cellar by her daughter Tammi Foster in Peggs, Ok. Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Spencer's home was hit by an apparent tornado on Monday night. She and her husband Ed didn't have time to make it to the cellar on Monday and rode the storm out in their home. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-89df52226783ca8fe42c1a60ee2bc0a5.jpg" alt="Photo - A RV has a board through the front windshield after storms did damage near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla.,on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)" title="A RV has a board through the front windshield after storms did damage near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla.,on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>A RV has a board through the front windshield after storms did damage near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla.,on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-c4376a08bc7fdb1b43483e7dea591b3e.jpg" alt="Photo - A crew puts a tarp on a home after storm damaged it near Newton and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)" title="A crew puts a tarp on a home after storm damaged it near Newton and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>A crew puts a tarp on a home after storm damaged it near Newton and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6c3b6dcf8fc0fcd11c531e94512bb7c2.jpg" alt="Photo - Emergency crews evacuate people from a high water area following heavy rains Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in El Reno, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)" title="Emergency crews evacuate people from a high water area following heavy rains Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in El Reno, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)"><figcaption>Emergency crews evacuate people from a high water area following heavy rains Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in El Reno, Okla. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-b370fb42b254a218db3e53b29602240b.jpg" alt="Photo - A large tree rests inside a home where a man was rescued near Newton and St. Louis Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)" title="A large tree rests inside a home where a man was rescued near Newton and St. Louis Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>A large tree rests inside a home where a man was rescued near Newton and St. Louis Avenue in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7cade94124443d7d860df71422d02b6d.jpg" alt="Photo - Carmen Perez surveys storm damage of her home near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Their front door was blocked by a tree and they had to get out of their home through a front window. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)" title="Carmen Perez surveys storm damage of her home near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Their front door was blocked by a tree and they had to get out of their home through a front window. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>Carmen Perez surveys storm damage of her home near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa, Okla., on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Their front door was blocked by a tree and they had to get out of their home through a front window. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-a99928655fda7db94a957b53696b8e08.jpg" alt="Photo - A car is stranded in high water after rain flooded the street after storms near 43rd and S. Sheridan in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)" title="A car is stranded in high water after rain flooded the street after storms near 43rd and S. Sheridan in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>A car is stranded in high water after rain flooded the street after storms near 43rd and S. Sheridan in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2019. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-7ad0407395103f29b47bae0f1401d7c1.jpg" alt="Photo - Michelle Underwood searches through the wreckage of a feed store in Peggs, Okla., where she stored most of her belongings Tuesday, May 21, 2019. An apparent tornado hit the area Monday night. (Mike Simos/Tulsa World via AP)" title="Michelle Underwood searches through the wreckage of a feed store in Peggs, Okla., where she stored most of her belongings Tuesday, May 21, 2019. An apparent tornado hit the area Monday night. (Mike Simos/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>Michelle Underwood searches through the wreckage of a feed store in Peggs, Okla., where she stored most of her belongings Tuesday, May 21, 2019. An apparent tornado hit the area Monday night. (Mike Simos/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ba84cac9a9c40a36daea5baecdbe1876.jpg" alt="Photo - Carmen Perez and Jorge Torres survey storm damage of their home near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Their front door was blocked by a tree and they had to get out of their home through a front window. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)" title="Carmen Perez and Jorge Torres survey storm damage of their home near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Their front door was blocked by a tree and they had to get out of their home through a front window. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)"><figcaption>Carmen Perez and Jorge Torres survey storm damage of their home near Marshall and North Rockford in Tulsa on Tuesday, May 21, 2019. Their front door was blocked by a tree and they had to get out of their home through a front window. (Tom Gilbert/Tulsa World via AP)</figcaption></figure>
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