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Flash floods reported in Oklahoma, northern Texas

September 22, 2018

Heavy and in some cases record-breaking rains unleashed flash floods Friday across parts of central and southern Oklahoma and northern, central and southwestern Texas.

The 12.44 inches of rain registered between 6 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Friday in Fittstown, Oklahoma, was the most recorded in the 25 years since Oklahoma Climatological Survey’s Mesonet was established. The total also ranked second in Oklahoma weather records dating to 1890.

Fittstown is about 75 miles southeast of Oklahoma City.

The rain continued to fall Friday evening. The National Weather Service issued flood warnings for parts of central and southern Oklahoma. Flood watches were in place through Saturday afternoon from Del Rio, Texas, to Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas.

A weather service statement Friday said a zone of low-pressure over West Texas, tropical moisture off the Gulf of Mexico and an approaching cold front were combining for the heavy rain.

Floodwaters closed some roads in southern Oklahoma, as well as parts of northern Texas between the Dallas-Fort Worth area and the Red River.

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