Carolyn Penn of Olney submitted this photo of a cloud visible at 8:33 p.m. Wednesday from FM 2178, looking toward the southwest. Local storm spotter and Emergency Management Coordinator Ronnie Cowart said the photo shows a wall cloud which he, multiple other spotters and NWS offices in San Angelo and Fort Worth confirmed was rotating as it passed near Olney. (Photo Courtesy Carolyn Penn)
Tornado warning sirens sounded in Olney when a rotating supercell thunderstorm passed close to town late Wednesday, April 23. Ronnie Cowart, emergency management coordinator and longtime storm spotter for Olney, said spotters were dispatched at approximately 8:30 p.m. Cowart was at the airport watching the storm move to the east over the Throckmorton/Young County line when he noticed striations above a wall cloud that signaled rotation. He and multiple other spotters stationed around the area saw a lowering from the cloud as well. Once Cowart confirmed that the storm was rotating, he asked that the tornado warning sirens be activated in Olney. He said local spotters and National Weather Service offices in both San Angelo and Fort Worth confirmed that the supercell had been rotating.
More dangerous, severe weather has been forecast for the area on Saturday, April 26. Residents are advised to remain vigilant and have a plan to find shelter in place.