Tornado touches down in northeast Oklahoma County, USA
A small tornado touched down Sunday in northeast Oklahoma County as severe thunderstorms rolled east, the National Weather Service in Norman reported.
The tornado touched down at 5:09 p.m. on the south side of Lake Arcadia near Edmond and lasted less than a minute, meteorologist Kevin Brown said. No injuries or damage were reported.
“The atmosphere we are dealing with is conducive to a very small, very brief type tornado. Nothing very catastrophic or long-lasting that’s going to tear everything up,” Brown said. “It’s a rare event but it is not unheard of. We’ve had conditions like this every month of the year. We’ve had tornadoes in every month of the year.”
Many in the Oklahoma City area became aware of the Lake Arcadia tornado when Oklahoma City’s tornado sirens in Oklahoma County went off.
It is the city’s policy to activate the city’s tornado sirens after the National Weather Services issues a tornado warning for anywhere in Canadian, Cleveland or Oklahoma counties, according to the city of Oklahoma City’s website.
“These types of storms, they show indications of that they are going to produce a tornado and it lasts on the order of a minute or so. It is very difficult to have a tornado warning for these very weak, brief tornadoes,” Brown said. “It’s the ones that do the damage that strongly affect life and property, they’re the ones that will typically have long-lead warnings on. We did have a severe thunderstorm warning in effect for this particular storm, and we did mention that it could produce very brief, weak tornadoes.”