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Wild Western Weather
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Posted: May 07, 2024
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    A tornado spins west of Hawley, Texas, on May 2, 2024. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
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    A mailbox on a flooded street in east Harris County near Houston, Texas, on May 5, 2024 (AP/Lekan Oyekanmi)
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    Clouds amass over power lines on May 5, 2024, in Humble, Texas. (Elizabeth Conley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
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    A clothing store in Sulphur, Oklahoma, lost a wall when a tornado plowed through in late April. (AP/Graham Lee Brewer)
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Tornados and hail and floods, oh my!

This week, tornados touched down in Oklahoma. Large pieces of hail pelted Kansas. Meanwhile, parts of Texas are just drying up from heavy floods.

In Oklahoma and Kansas, weather forecasters sent warnings. Representatives for the National Weather Service urge folks not to wait to see a whirling tornado. Take shelter as soon as you get a warning.

At least four tornados were spotted in north central Oklahoma on Monday. A large, dangerous one hurtled toward several towns. It damaged at least 30 to 40 homes.

Oklahoma towns such as Sulphur and Holdenville are still recovering from a tornado last month. Both the U.S. Plains and Midwest have been hammered by twisters this spring.

In Kingfisher County, Oklahoma, wind farm turbines spun wildly in wind and blinding rain. Schools and colleges across Oklahoma closed early on Monday. Meanwhile, apple-sized hail hit near Ellinwood, Kansas.

One Oklahoma farmer, Monte Tucker, put his tractors in barns to protect them. He told his neighbors they could come to his house to weather the storms. “We built a house 10 years ago,” he says. “And my stubborn wife put her foot down and made sure we built a safe room.” The entire ground-level room is built with reinforced concrete walls.

Pray for those in the path of extreme weather this week. Thank God for good neighbors.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” — Psalm 91:1-2