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05/28/2013 05:17 pm ET Updated May 28, 2013

Beaver, Oklahoma Tornado Warning: Reports Suggest Twister On The Ground Near Forgan (UPDATES)

The National Weather service issued a tornado warning Tuesday afternoon for parts of Beaver County, Okla. A tornado reportedly touched down near the town of Forgan in the Okla. Panhandle.

The National Weather Service posted:

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN AMARILLO HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WARNING FOR...
NORTH CENTRAL BEAVER COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 430 PM CDT

* AT 351 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE METEOROLOGISTS DETECTED A
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS SEVERE
STORM WAS LOCATED 7 MILES NORTHEAST OF FORGAN...OR 11 MILES
NORTHEAST OF BEAVER. DOPPLER RADAR SHOWED THIS SEVERE STORM MOVING
NORTH AT 15 MPH. IN ADDITION TO THE TORNADO...THIS STORM IS CAPABLE
OF PRODUCING LARGE DAMAGING HAIL UP TO GOLF BALL SIZE.

* LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THIS DANGEROUS STORM INCLUDE...
BEAVER... MOCANE... KNOWLES...
FORGAN...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

TAKE COVER NOW. MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF A
STURDY BUILDING. AVOID WINDOWS. IF IN A MOBILE HOME...A VEHICLE OR
OUTDOORS...MOVE TO THE CLOSEST SUBSTANTIAL SHELTER AND PROTECT
YOURSELF FROM FLYING DEBRIS.

AccuWeather posted just before 4 p.m. CDT, "A confirmed tornado is on the ground and moving northeast of Beaver, Okla."

Weather Underground reported a tornado was spotted near Forgan, Okla.

A severe tornado struck elsewhere in Okla. on May 20, devastating parts of the city of Moore near Oklahoma City. The tornado killed 24 people, including 10 children.

On Sunday, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) stressed the importance of a "vigorous discussion" about school safety during tornadoes. Last week's twister devastated Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, which did not have a "safe room" for teachers and students, reported AP. Seven children were killed in the school.

UPDATE 6:05 p.m. EDT: The National Weather Service has downgraded the warning for the Oklahoma Panhandle to a severe thunderstorm warning. The warning includes the communities of Beaver, Mocane, Forgan and Floris, Okla.

UPDATE 7:10 p.m. EDT: The National Weather Service has extended the severe thunderstorm warning until 7:00 p.m. CDT. The warning includes:

SOUTHWESTERN BEAVER COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHERN TEXAS COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF OKLAHOMA...
HANSFORD COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
NORTHWESTERN OCHILTREE COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...
EASTERN SHERMAN COUNTY IN THE PANHANDLE OF TEXAS...

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