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Weather update: Flash flood warning issued for Tulsa area; downtown arts festivals close for night | Homepagelatest

Update, 9:15 p.m.: The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued a flash flood warning until 3 a.m. Saturday for McIntosh County and portions of Pittsburg, Muskogee , Okmulgee and Okfuskee counties.

At 9 p.m., radar indicated thunderstorms producing heavy rain across the warned area; 1 to 2 inches of rain have fallen. Flash flooding is expected to begin shortly.

Also, a flood warning continues for the Arkansas River near Muskogee until further notice. At 8 p.m., the river was at 28.18 feet; flood stage is 28 feet. Minor flooding is occurring. The river is expected to rise to near 29.5 feet by Saturday evening, then fall back to near flood stage late Sunday evening and continue to fluctuate around flood stage through at least Wednesday.

Update, 9:10 p.m.: The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reports the following roads are closed by high water of flooding:

• Oklahoma 80 in Cherokee County is closed five miles south of Oklahoma 51 between Hulbert and Fort Gibson.

• Oklahoma 9 in McIntosh County is closed between the Indian Nations Turnpike and Oklahoma 52.

• U.S.-75A in Okmulgee County over the highway a half-mile north of Beggs at a railroad underpass.

Update, 9 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning remains effective until 9:15 p.m. for Delaware County, southeastern Craig County, southern Ottawa County, northeastern Mayes County, northwestern Adair County and northeastern Cherokee County.

At 8:51 p.m., the National Weather Service reported severe thunderstorms along a line extending from 2 miles northeast of Afton to 5 miles northeast of Jay to 3 miles north of Colcord to 2 miles south of Scraper, moving northeast at 50 mph.

Update, 8:00 p.m.: The National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Tulsa County. 

The warning also includes Cherokee, Mayes, Muskogee, Okmulgee, Rogers and Wagoner…

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