Severe Weather Moves Through Ozarks Overnight; More Possible Today

Over 45 tornadoes have been reported in the states of Texas Oklahoma Kansas and Nebraska since Friday

Over 45 tornadoes have been reported in the states of Texas Oklahoma Kansas and Nebraska since Friday

Residents of the Southern Plains of the United States are breathing a sigh of relief after the much-publicised tornado threat turned out to be less severe than feared. More than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain has fallen in parts of the state.

Late Monday, the National Weather Service reduced the severe threat of violent storms to a small area of southern Oklahoma and northern Texas. The National Weather Service in Tulsa stated the Arkansas River would crest at Muskokee at 40.1 feet, the second highest stage in recorded history and higher than the flood of 1986.

The tornado came amid storms that have brought flooding and strong winds to parts of Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas.

This image made from video provided by KWTV-KOTV shows two funnel clouds formed in Crescent, Okla., Monday.

"The biggest concern is more rain", Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said during a news conference following an aerial tour with Tulsa Mayor G.W. Bynum and other officials Wednesday morning.

Forecasters say major flooding is expected in Webbers Falls, a town of about 600 people about 140 miles (225 kilometers) east of Oklahoma City.

Governor Mike Parson declared a state of emergency in Missouri Tuesday in response to continuing severe weather and forecasts for tornadoes, strong straight-line winds, hail, heavy rainfall, and worsening flooding.

Nineteen tornadoes touched down from Texas to Oklahoma Monday night, causing widespread damage and keeping millions on high alert.

Stillwater Public Schools, in northern Oklahoma, announced schools in the district will be closed Tuesday "due to excessive flooding".

The county emergency manager reported flooding in the city had begun to enter buildings, CNN affiliate KTUL reported.

The police department asked residents to "not get out and drive around".

On Monday at least 19 tornadoes caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain, sparking flooding and causing damage to buildings and vehicles.

"By trying to check out the weather you are only putting yourself and the crews in further danger".

John Burruss, athletic director at Westmoore High School, told weather.com that memories of the 2013 tornado, as well as an outbreak in 1999 that killed 36 people, were fresh in the minds of both officials and residents.

"This event should result in a significant threat to life and property", the Storm Prediction Center said.

National Weather Service reports said three cars were swept off a road by flood water in Joplin, Missouri, early Tuesday.

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