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PHOENIX -

The month of May is when our country sees the most tornados so the threat for severe weather remains.  On Thursday, we talked to National Weather Service meteorologist who's very familiar with the tornado stricken area.

 "A lot of the landmarks and roads they were talking about were places I was familiar with, so it was scary seeing what happened and especially knowing what the people in Moore had gone through previously," said NWS meteorologist Gary Woodall.

Woodall started his career in Oklahoma, chasing storms.

"The purples that see are greater than six inches of rain, so well in excess of three inches of rain across the Moore area this morning," he said.

He tracked the wet and severe weather in that region from right here in Phoenix.

"Unfortunately today, they've had another round of thunderstorms that moved through during the overnight and early morning hours, no tornadoes.. there was some hail and strong winds, but the biggest impact has been the heavy rainfall," he said.

Just days after surviving a tornado that claimed 24 lives, residents and volunteers were hit other serious threats.

"It can be quite dangerous, especially the threat from the lightning… lightning is the number two thunderstorm-related killer in the U.S., only behind flash floods," said Woodall.

On Wednesday afternoon, everyone was given access to the debris that used to be called their homes, only to be sent away by more storms the next day.

"And they were in, trying to salvage some of their personal belongings I'm sure so this kinda adds insult to injury as far as that part of the process goes," said Woodall.

Some areas of Oklahoma are under a tornado watch until 10 p.m., but more could see some severe thunderstorms tonight.


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