Heavy rain, strong wind and hail have dragged the central states and caused devastation to the region during a brutally wet spring, causing 22 million people to brace themselves for more floods.
Four million residents were on Tuesday morning under an emergency flood warning. including in Oklahoma, where no less than five feet of water made its appearance in Hominy, northeast of the state.
About 22 tornadoes have been reported so far in Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas and Missouri, while four people have been rescued by emergency services after floods so far – no injuries have been reported.
Already struggling farmers in Arkansas and Missouri brace themselves for more wet weather that rages across the southern Great Plains, slowing down essential corn and soybean plantations in the region.
Heavy rain, strong wind and hail have dragged Oklahoma and caused devastation in the region. On Tuesday morning, four million residents were under emergency signage for floods, including in Tulsa, while no less than five feet of water came into some homes in Hominy, northeast of the state. A pickup driver in Enid had to drive through the high water
The underpass at North Grand is closed due to high water. The devastating weather swept across the southern Great Plains is now moving to Arkansas and Missouri – causing chaos for farmers who are already struggling to get crops in the middle of an unusually wet spring
So far, 22 tornadoes have been reported, while four people have been rescued by emergency services after flooding – injuries have been reported so far. One of the twisters was captured on camera in Magnum, Oklahoma (photo)
Residents were rescued from their homes this morning following a flood in Stillwater, about 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.
Although, the twister at Tulsa International Airport was one of the 22 that the region has blown through since late on Monday evening, with more expected to hit the next 24 hours, according to the NWS.
& # 39; More tornadoes & # 39; s are en route today & # 39 ;, said NWS predictor Rich Otto.
The NWS said it expected heavy weather in Texas, Louisiana and Alabama and in northern Iowa and Nebraska during the day and during the night on Tuesday, while the chaos spread throughout the region.
On Monday, the NWS said that the risk of tornadoes in the region was higher than at any time in years.
& # 39; Floods are still the main concern & # 39 ;, said Otto. & # 39; Some areas could get another 5 cm of rain today, but that comes after another 13-25 cm, some areas have already seen it. & # 39;
Homes in Oklahoma experienced as many as five foot floods after unusually heavy rains during this time of the year
& # 39; The entire area is doing well, with more rounds of severe storms possible & # 39 ;, a predictor predicted.
Rob Hill, director of Stillwater Emergency Management Agency, shared a live video on Facebook when a family was rescued from their flooded home.
& # 39; More rain is coming at us. We have completely finished the barricades of our public works department, & said Hill in the video.
& # 39; Listen people, there are so many areas in this city that have been flooded, I beg you, please don't leave now. Please just stay at home. & # 39;
For the first time in two years, predictors have issued their most dissuasive warning of the risk of catastrophic tornadoes. The target: parts of the Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma, which also mark the sixth anniversary of a tornado that pulverized the city of Moore, killing 24 people
Nowata, Dewey and White Oak in northern Oklahoma also had reports of flooding.
The Great Plains and Midwest have been battered by storms this year, making the Mississippi River dangerously high and causing record flooding in Nebraska and Iowa.
Agriculture has been hit hard by stormy weather. Missouri has planted only 62 percent of its grain, compared to 95 percent a year ago until May 19, according to the US Department of Agriculture
Soy planting has also been delayed, with only 9 percent of the planting compared to 58 percent a year ago.
In Arkansas, only 31 percent of soybeans are planted compared to 78 percent a year ago.