Weather Aware conditions continue overnight due to the potential for locally heavy rainfall. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect until 7 a.m. for the northernmost portions of Texoma including Atoka, Coal, Johnston, Murray and Pontotoc Counties Beware of flooded road-ways and never drive around barricades or into water more than six inches deep. High rainfall rates may reduce visibility and also increase the risk of hydroplaning. Turn around, don’t drown! Rain ends NW to SE during the day Thursday.
3-19-06 - OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A newspaper analysis shows that the cost of tornado damage in Oklahoma since 1996 has been higher than any other state.
Using federal data, The Oklahoman has found that from 1996 through February 2005, the state has suffered more than one-point-six billion dollars in damages from tornadoes.
That's about one billion dollars more than Arkansas, the state in second place on that list.
Oklahoma ranks eighth nationally during the same time span in overall weather damage at about three-point-one billion dollars.
The newspaper analyzed thousands of storm events compiled by the National Climatic Data Center.