Several tornadoes touch down across Oklahoma

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Storms could bring more tornadoes and flash flooding to parts of Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma on Tuesday.

On Monday at least 19 tornadoes caused scattered damage and a deluge of rain, sparking flooding and causing damage to buildings and vehicles.

The U.S. National Weather Service has warned the risk of tornadoes in the region was at the highest level they had seen in years.

"An outbreak of tornadoes, some potentially long-track and violent, is expected today into this evening over portions of northwest Texas into western and central Oklahoma", the Storm Prediction Center forecast said. Any tornados that form are likely to do so between 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. local time, when it's expected there will be multiple rounds of tornadoes followed by "catastrophic" flash flooding.

Officials closed schools, evacuated military aircraft and issued high-water warnings Monday.

"A flood watch remains in effect until Tuesday afternoon".

According to emergency personnel in Oklahoma, there is minimal tornado damage, but rain has flooded roads in Garfield County.

To the northeast, in Stillwater, Oklahoma State University and Stillwater Public Schools both closed due to floodwaters on Tuesday.

A series of violent tornadoes have left a trail of destruction after they ripped through the USA state of Oklahoma.

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"The heavy rain will impact areas that have received significant amounts of rain within the past several weeks", Van Dam said.

While the risk for severe storms appears to be low, it extends over a large population.

Meanwhile, the area between Abilene and Midland, Texas, is at risk of receiving flood waters from central Oklahoma, to west and southwest Missouri and southeast Kansas.

Water rescues were reported overnight into the early morning hours.

Because storms have repeatedly hit the same areas recently, a serious flooding threat has developed in the Plains and the Midwest.

The county emergency manager reported flooding in the city had begun to enter buildings, CNN affiliate KTUL reported.

Tinker Air Force Base near Oklahoma City moved several planes to other military installations and state workers were sent home early.

After a brief break, the risk of severe thunderstorms will increase again, the National Weather Service's Fort Worth office said.

School districts across Oklahoma have cancelled classes on Monday in anticipation of the storm. The National Weather Service says up to 5 inches (13 centimeters) of rain had fallen since Monday.

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