Motorist escapes high water in NE Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Heavy rain inroads in parts of Oklahoma, prompting at least one high-water rescue request to Oklahoma City firefighters.

Battalion Chief Brian Stanaland says firefighters responded to the call about 12:38 p.m. Monday in northeast Oklahoma City, but the time crews arrived, the car's occupants had gotten out safely.

Later on Monday, tornado warnings were issued for six counties in eastern Oklahoma, but there were no confirmed touchdowns. A tornado watch for a dozen counties remained in effect until early Tuesday.

Besides the flooding and tornado threat, straight-line winds from a thunderstorm snapped power poles in Tulsa County, knocking out power to about 700.

Stanaland also said fire officials believe lightning caused a fire at an oil tank battery and at a residence early Monday. No injuries were reported.

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