The rain forecasters had been promising finally came Wednesday –– and when it rained, it poured.


The rain forecasters had been promising finally came Wednesday –– and when it rained, it poured.


As the day wore on, even official sources couldn’t keep up with the exact amount of the deluge.

The last official report taken by the National Weather Service from Ardmore’s Downtown Executive Airport shortly before 3 p.m. showed a total of 4.52 inches even as the rain continued to fall.


Hail peppered parts of the area and strong, torrential downpours flooded roadways, while straight line winds ripped through northwest sections of the county. Ed Reed, Carter County Emergency Operations Center Director, said winds reached 65 to 70 mph in Healdton. According to Healdton Fire Chief Ronnie Hayes, a roof was ripped from a house abut six miles north of the community and numerous trees, tree limbs, signs and power lines were down.


But storm concern centered on Healdton Elementary School as rumors spread before noon that the school’s roof had been severely damaged and windows had shattered throughout the school, injuring as many as 20 students.


Hayes confirmed storm debris had hit the school, but said the roof remained unscathed and only one window was shattered in the room occupied by third grade teacher Rebecca McLemore and her class.


Three children were examined for potential injuries. Two were unharmed. The third child, overcome by the experience, was taken to the local hospital where she was treated and later released.


McLemore said she tried to keep her class calm as the rain poured harder on the windows.


“Let’s sit quietly and listen to the rain,” McLemore said she told the students. “And then there was a big boom. The window shattered and the glass sprayed. The lights went out and the children were screaming.”


Fortunately, the class had practiced emergency drills.


McLemore said she managed to get all the children to drop to the floor and they followed their practiced safety drill procedures and crawled from the room.


Power outages in Healdton caused school to be cancelled for the remainder of the day. OG&E reported 1,435 homes were without power in Healdton after the first blast of the storm. As of 6:30 p.m., 343 homes were still without electricity.


And the lights went out in several other communities as well. At 6:30 p.m. 1,310 homes in Ardmore remained in the dark. Outages had also been reported during the day in Springer and Madill.


By late afternoon, flooding became a problem in Ardmore. Robin Beal, Ardmore Police Department public information officer, confirmed Sam Noble Parkway was closed to traffic near the railroad overpass. Motorists were urged to use caution on other water clogged streets and to be aware downed power lines were affecting at least one set of traffic lights at the intersection of Myall Road and South Commerce Street.


Carter County Commissioner Dale Ott said he closed South Midway Road about 1 1/4 miles south of U.S. Highway 70 after the road flooded when a tinhorn collapsed.


“As far as I know, that’s the only problem we have,” Ott said at 3:30 p.m.


To the south, Love County EOC Director Tracey Smithwick said officials were closing streets in Marietta due to flooding conditions and Love County deputies were keeping an wary eye on county roads.


But to the north in Murray County all was well. Murray County Sheriff Darin Rogers said about 1 p.m. rain fall was heavy and welcome.


“We haven’t had any wind or hail,” Rogers said.


Shortly before 7 p.m. Murray County Commissioner Bill Lance said late in the day commission employees had pronounced county roads in good shape and he had not received any reports of any kind of flooding or damage.


“This rain is sure welcome. My gauge shows nearly 3 inches and we really need it,” Lance said.