By Kayla Branch and Darla Slipke
Throughout Monday afternoon, multiple tornadoes touched down and heavy rain flooded areas across Oklahoma in what was expected to be one of the most violent storms in recent years.
Large storm systems hung over the western and central portions of the state for most of Monday, with small and large tornadoes moving through Crescent and Perry in northern central Oklahoma and Mangum in southwestern Oklahoma, among other locations.
Dozens of counties were put under tornado warnings and watches, as well as flash flood warnings and watches throughout the day and into Monday night, according to the National Weather Service.
Heavy rain, high winds, large hail, tornadoes and flooding were a main worry going into Monday night, said Ryan Barnes, a weather service meteorologist.
“The tornadoes so far have been mostly in rural areas, thankfully,” Barnes told The Oklahoman at 6 p.m.
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