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Forecasters issue 'particularly dangerous situation' tornado alert

The National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center has issued a "particularly dangerous situation" alert for a developing set of storms that is expected to move into western Oklahoma this afternoon and early evening.

The alert, which covers several counties in far western Oklahoma and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, implies the possibility of life-threatening a weather event, including large, intense tornadoes. Forecasters said that several tornadoes, and a few intense tornadoes, are likely in the area covered by the bulletin. Other potential hazards include hail up to 4 inches in diameter and scattered damaging winds with gusts up to 75 mph.

On Tuesday afternoon, the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for Beaver, Beckham, Ellis, Greer, Harmon, Harper, Jackson, Roger Mills and Woodward counties in Oklahoma, as well as 24 counties in north Texas. Forecasters say counties in far western Oklahoma will have the greatest likelihood for tornadoes Tuesday evening, with lesser chances in central Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma City metro area.

Check for updates.

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Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›