Storms to Slow Cleanup in Moore Through the Weekend
By Mel Fabrikant Thursday, May 23 2013 @ 12:34 PM EDT
AccuWeather.com reports severe thunderstorms will threaten ravaged Moore, Okla., through Thursday evening. Cleanup efforts will continue to be disrupted by occasional thunderstorms into the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
A stubborn front near the city will combine with warmth and humidity to spark additional thunderstorms, some severe, through early Thursday evening. The main threats will include damaging winds, large hail and flash flooding. The town was devastated by an EF5 tornado on May 20, and conditions this week have generally not been favorable for cleanup.
The city will be on the northern extent of a more widespread threat across southwest Oklahoma to the Texas Panhandle and northern Texas into early Thursday night. In fact, tornadoes are even a threat for these areas.
Severe thunderstorms have already rattled the area early Thursday morning. Golf ball-sized hail fell just 10 miles west of Moore. Quarter-sized hail fell in nearby Yukon, Okla. Flash flooding covered roads in a nearby neighborhood and a 65-mph wind gust hit Newcastle, Okla., 7 miles southwest of Moore.
Memorial Day Weekend Outlook By Friday, the front contributing to the severe weather will dissipate. However, lingering warmth and humidity will lead to additional thunderstorms, especially during the afternoon and evening. While a stronger thunderstorm cannot be ruled, the risk for severe weather will be low. Similar weather is on the way for the weekend.
By Memorial Day, the thunderstorm threat will finally end for the hard hit region. Memorial Day will feature sunshine mixed with clouds and highs in the lower 80s in Moore.
Andy Mussoline, Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com