More than a dozen tornadoes touch down in a day

By Paul P. Murphy and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 2:41 p.m. ET, May 21, 2019
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2:40 p.m. ET, May 21, 2019

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2:20 p.m. ET, May 21, 2019

Oklahoma City water rescuers take a quick break after saving 10 people from floodwaters 

CNN's Ed Lavandera, on the ground in Oklahoma, shares this photo showing members of the Oklahoma City Swift Water rescue team taking a quick break after rescuing 10 people from floodwaters in El Reno, Oklahoma.

11:16 a.m. ET, May 21, 2019

First responders just saved a woman who was clinging to a tree near Oklahoma City

First responders near Edmond, Oklahoma, just rescued a woman who was precariously clinging to a tree in rushing waters.

One rescuer waded out with a rope and attached it to the woman, while two others pulled her out of the water and helped her into a truck.

She appears to be safe now.

See photos of the dramatic rescue:




10:24 a.m. ET, May 21, 2019

Water rescues are underway in El Reno, Oklahoma

Aerial video from CNN affiliate KOCO is showing swift water rescue teams out and about in El Reno, Oklahoma.

10:24 a.m. ET, May 21, 2019

Flooding shuts down roads in Tulsa

Flooding is closing streets across Tulsa as the city is inundated with rainwater. To make sure that drivers don't try and risk it, officials have barricaded the roadways.

9:32 a.m. ET, May 21, 2019

This Oklahoma city is seeing major flooding this morning

From CNN's Ed Lavandera and Jason Morris 

El Reno, Oklahoma, is dealing with major flooding, according to Andrew Skidmore, the emergency management director of Canadian County.

El Reno is located 28 miles west of Oklahoma City. 

Skidmore told CNN that people have evacuated from their homes, and a shelter has been se up. Flooding is widespread across country roads and major highways, and interstate I-40 is flooded throughout Canadian County, according to Skidmore.

8:51 a.m. ET, May 21, 2019

19 tornadoes touched down in 4 states last night

From CNN's Christina Maxouris

Severe thunderstorms will drench and flood parts of Oklahoma Tuesday, following on the heels of a series of tornadoes that touched down in that state and others.

At least 19 tornadoes swept through central Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Arkansas Monday, carrying warnings of "considerable" damage to homes, businesses and vehicles with the possibility of "complete destruction."

Oklahoma, Missouri and Arkansas were still under a tornado watch early Tuesday, with the National Weather Service warning of "flying debris" which could be dangerous to those caught without shelter.

9:15 p.m. ET, May 20, 2019

The damage so far in Oklahoma

From CNN's Devon Sayers and Jamiel Lynch

Dawson Henry shot this video of a possible tornado in Mangum, Oklahoma, on Monday.
Dawson Henry shot this video of a possible tornado in Mangum, Oklahoma, on Monday.

The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management issued a weather update Monday at 7:30 p.m. Central Time with the following highlights:

  • Greer County: 3 homes damaged, 1 apartment complex with roof damage, damage to fairgrounds and airport. Numerous power lines down
  • Garvin County: 100 sandbags requested for possible river flooding
  • Logan County: Power polls down, tree damage, damage to a barn
  • Noble County: Roof damage to homes, power lines down, barns damaged
  • 2,085 power outages statewide
  • Numerous highways closed due to high water or storm debris.
Additional flooding is expected through the evening and overnight. Drivers are reminded not to drive around barricades or into flooded roadways.

9:25 p.m. ET, May 20, 2019

Urgent warnings issued throughout Texas

Tornado warnings carrying urgent instructions are in effect in the following parts of Texas:

  • Central Dickens County
  • Western King County
  • Southwestern Glasscock
  • Southeastern Midland County

From the National Weather Service:

You are in a life-threatening situation. Flying debris may be deadly to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be destroyed. Considerable damage to homes, businesses, and vehicles is likely and complete destruction is possible.
Dustin Warren shot this video of a possible tornado near Odessa, Texas, on Monday.
Dustin Warren shot this video of a possible tornado near Odessa, Texas, on Monday.