According to the National Weather Service, today will likely be the thirteenth straight day with tornadoes ravaging towns and cities across the United States.
This new, unwelcome record comes as the National Weather Service (NWS) in Tulsa, OK forecasts additional storms with torrential rains in the area, bringing with them the risk of “catastrophic” flooding.
In an official hazardous weather advisory for Wednesday, the NWS stated:
Cities along the Arkansas River may experience flooding in areas that typically remain dry and there is potential for catastrophic flooding should the heavier totals be realized near the larger Arkansas river channel.
Water levels in Keystone Lake have lowered by roughly 6″ in the last twelve hours and release rates have been reduced by roughly 2,000 cubic feet per second.
Major flooding is occurring in areas near the river, as well as in communities such as Bixby and Muskogee. Should additional rainfall reach the Keystone Lake and the Arkansas River tributaries north and west of the lake, it is likely that additional flooding would occur down-river.
The River Parks system, Gathering Place and miles of Riverside Drive all remain closed across Tulsa as flooding persists.
This is a developing story and The Black Wall Street Times will continue its reporting throughout the duration of the flooding.