Tornado warning in parts of central Oklahoma
By CNN Staff
(CNN) - Parts of central Oklahoma -- where a devastating and deadly twister struck earlier this month -- were under a tornado warning Thursday afternoon, with forecasters and authorities urging people there to take cover.
"Take cover now in a storm shelter or an interior room of a study building," the National Weather Service told Oklahomans in the warning areas. "Stay away from doors and windows."
Tornado watches -- which means conditions are favorable for tornadoes to form, though one hasn't necessarily touched down or is though to be imminent -- extended through parts of seven states Thursday. That area stretches from Texas north to Michigan and Minnesota.
The National Weather Service, which issues the watches and warnings, noted on Twitter several "wall clouds" on Thursday afternoon, including one "very impressive" one west of Chickasha. Chickasha is about 35 miles southwest of Moore, the Oklahoma City suburb hardest hit in a powerful May 20 twister.
Powerful winds aren't the only issue. The weather service, for instance, reported golf-ball size hail around 1:45 p.m. (2:45 p.m. ET) two miles south of Anadarko.
Even if a tornado doesn't touch down and cause destruction Thursday, that doesn't mean Oklahomans and others are totally out of the woods.
The weather service's Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a moderate chance of severe weather in parts of Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas and Missouri on Friday.
The forecast is less dire Saturday, but on Sunday parts of the Northeast could be in danger.
The Storm Prediction Center says there is a 30% or higher probability for severe thunderstorms in parts of seven states, including the cities of Scranton, Pennsylvania; Springfield, Massachusetts; and the New York cities of Syracuse, Albany and Elmira.