The nasty Oklahoma storm has been captured in chilling but amazing photos and videos

A powerful storm swept through Oklahoma Saturday night, sending out tornado warnings statewide, driving rain, high winds and incredibly amazing photos of supercells.

A strong system began to work its way out of the western portion of the state with expected high winds, possibly golf ball-sized hail, and a low risk of tornadoes. Several counties went on tornado watchouts, and many soon went on tornado warnings as the storm moved east through the state.

The first storms were reported around 5:30 p.m. local time on Saturday. It is now followed by another series of powerful storms to strike again from midnight into the early hours of the morning.

Just before 6 p.m. Saturday, 20 counties were under tornado watch, including all of central Oklahoma. The storm continued to generate high winds and torrential rain, but moved fairly slowly from west to east.

As of 7 p.m., several counties were under a tornado warning. At 7:30 a.m., residents in the southwestern part of Oklahoma City were advised to take shelter. This included the airport to downtown Oklahoma City.

The University of Oklahoma has issued a severe thunderstorm warning to students and faculty on its Norman campus. Local high school proms were postponed, and Southmoore High prom-goers took shelter in a safe room at a nearby Brink Junior High until the storm passed.

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The Stillwater college softball game between Texas and Oklahoma State has been moved to a Sunday doubleheader.

And the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and relay scheduled for Sunday morning was pushed back an hour from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. Here’s what the race’s CEO, Colin Perry, said in a statement.

“A cold front will move through the race area that will create weather that will cause significant winds and lightning that will affect our marathon start,” Perry said. “If we delay the launch by an hour, we can avoid the worst parts of the storm.”

Race director Kari Watkins said the safety of everyone involved was the primary concern.

“The safety of our runners, volunteers and spectators is important to us,” Watkins said in a statement. “We want the safest run that you can remember. Delaying the start of the marathon and relay by an hour gives us the best chance for a safe and fun run.”

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A series of storms hit Oklahoma on Saturday, April 23, 2022. This photo shows a tornado-damaged home amidst debris in the Arabi neighborhood March 24, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana, where two tornadoes struck last month.
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As of midnight Saturday, there were no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or destruction from the storm system.

In the meantime, here are some spectacular photos and videos taken by people in Sooner State as another powerful spring storm hit. The nasty Oklahoma storm has been captured in chilling but amazing photos and videos

Rick Schindler

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