Tornadoes hit Texas, Oklahoma; more storms in the forecast | meteorology

SEMINOLE, Oklahoma (AP) — A spring storm system spawned multiple tornadoes that lashed through areas of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to a school, marijuana farm and other buildings.

There were no reports of serious injuries after Wednesday night’s tornadoes, but the system caused flooding in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas, and stormier weather was expected on Thursday.

Significant damage was reported in the Oklahoma town of Seminole, about 60 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said. The Academy of Seminole was hit directly, but no one was hurt, the school said on Facebook.

Video footage from Oklahoma TV station KOCO showed a tornado hit a marijuana farm in the nearby town of Maud.

Several roads and freeways were closed Thursday morning in parts of Oklahoma and Arkansas due to flash flooding.

In Texas, a “large and dangerous tornado” was sighted Wednesday in the rural community of Lockett, about 170 miles northwest of Dallas, the Norman, Oklahoma, office of the National Weather Service said.

There were no significant injuries or deaths to Wilbarger County residents, Sheriff Brian Fritze told KAUZ-TV. He said several homes and barns appeared to have suffered severe damage.

Wednesday’s storms were the latest in multiple rounds of severe weather in the central United States. Last week, a tornado damaged more than 1,000 buildings in the Andover, Kansas suburb of Wichita. Three University of Oklahoma meteorology students died in a car crash while returning from a storm chase.

Stormier weather was expected in parts of the south of Texas on Thursday. The storms could bring more tornadoes, large hail and damaging winds, and severe weather threats will continue in parts of the South Friday and through the weekend in the central plains and Midwest, the weather service said.

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