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Severe Thunderstorms and Heavy Rain for the South-Central U.S.

Severe thunderstorms capable of very large hail, damaging wind, and a couple of tornadoes will be possible Monday afternoon into the night from portions of the central and southern High Plains into southwest Texas. A heavy rain event with flooding is expected in the southern Plains into western Arkansas through the end of the week. Read More >


Fast Facts

  • Fifteen tornadoes were confirmed to have touched down in Oklahoma during the afternoon and evening of May 6, 2015. A tornado also occurred in Archer County, Texas near Archer City.

  • The tornado that moved near Amber and Bridge Creek in Grady County was rated EF-3. The tornado that struck parts of southeastern Oklahoma City was also rated EF-3. A tornado that moved through the west side of Norman was rated EF-1. The tornado that occurred near Archer City in western north Texas was rated EF-2.

  • One flash flood fatality occurred during the event. A woman who had taken refuge from severe weather in her storm cellar in southeast Oklahoma City was drowned when flash flooding inundated her shelter and she was unable to get out. In addition, at least 150 high water rescues were conducted in the Oklahoma City metro area as a result of the heavy rainfall and flash flooding that occurred.

GIS Resources

Web Pages and Reports Related to the May 6, 2015 Event

Tornado Data