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Weather service confirms 3 tornadoes in Wednesday night storms

Updated Nov. 11, 9 p.m.

The National Weather Service late Thursday reported surveyors found three tornado tracks in Tulsa, Broken Arrow and Catoosa from storms that rolled through Wednesday night.

The tornado in Tulsa developed over Woodward Park, where several large trees were badly damaged. Peak winds reached an estimated 80 mph, and the tornado dissipated near Utica Square. Its path was 0.5 miles.

The tornado in Broken Arrow damaged barns, snapped off tree limbs and damaged a small grain silo near 31st Street and County Line Road at the Wagoner County line. Peak winds reached an estimated 80 mph, and the tornado dissipated in open country. Its path was 0.4 miles.

The tornado in Catoosa developed near Pine and 193rd East Avenue, north of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. It snapped several large tree limbs. Peak winds reached an estimated 80 mph. Its path was 0.3 miles.

Storms also felled several trees into Tulsa streets, and two homes within city limits were damaged.

A tornado warning was issued for much of Tulsa at 7:20 p.m., and the weather service started getting reports of tree damage showing a possible tornado path right about then. Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Joe Kralicek said while the expected potential for tornadoes was low, they sounded the sirens as soon as the warning was issued.

"Radar was indicating some potential tornadic activity just due to the debris signature in the air. So, out of an abundance of caution, we went ahead and sounded. very minor issue, and we didn't have any major injuries or any major damages to report," Kralicek said.

While most people don’t think of November as tornado season, they’re possible all year in Oklahoma.

"It's just really about whether or not you have the right ingredients, and if you add the moisture and the instability in the atmosphere, you can have a tornado. And so, we really kind of like to urge everybody to stay weather aware throughout the year and always kind of keep an eye on the sky when that severe weather threatens," Kralicek said.

Matt Trotter joined KWGS as a reporter in 2013. Before coming to Public Radio Tulsa, he was the investigative producer at KJRH. His freelance work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times and on MSNBC and CNN.