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July 25, 2013

Enid area in flash flood watch

ENID, Okla. — National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch extending from tonight through Friday evening for the Enid area.

An upper-level disturbance is expected to move from Kansas and across northern and central Oklahoma early Friday morning, according to NWS meteorologists.

A 20 percent chance of rain this afternoon increases to 90 percent tonight, with showers and storms developing between 8 p.m. and 2 a.m. and most likely after 2 a.m.

"The weather looks to be very interesting over the next 12 to 24 hours," said Mike Honisberg, certified director of Enid and Garfield County Emergency Management. "We are in a slight risk area for severe weather later today and during the overnight hours. The main threats look to be winds in excess of 65-70 mph and quarter to half-dollar size hail."

Honisberg said the possibility exists that 1-2 inches of rain or more could fall in an hour, prompting the call for a flash flood watch.

Flash flooding occurs when the rain is falling too fast for proper drainage, causing standing water in low-lying streets and ditches. Weather officials warn against crossing any water because of the unknown depth and the potential for surfaces to erode under the water.

Today's NWS forecast calls possibility of rainfall but cloudy to partly cloudy skies for the most part. The high is expected to reach 89, with a south to southeast wind at 6-13 mph.

Tonight's low will be around 70, with wind mainly at 9-11 mph.

Friday's forecast calls for continued 90 percent chance of showers and storms, but mainly before 8 a.m. Storms have the potential to continue through early Friday afternoon, according to NWS.

The high is expected to top out at 81 degrees for Enid Friday, with east to southeast wind at 5-10 mph before turning from the north and increasing to 13-18 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

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