In addition to the severe weather, ingredients are coming together to set up a flood threat across the central U.S. through Thursday.
Heavy rain and flash flooding are ongoing Thursday. Numerous water rescues have already been performed or are underway as serious flooding is occurring across parts of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri, the National Weather Service said. Click here to read more.
A Flood Watch continues through 7 p.m. Thursday for all of eastern Oklahoma, western Arkansas, much of southeastern Kansas and the Missouri Ozarks. There are already numerous Flash Flood Warnings in effect, and more are likely to be issued through the day, the NWS in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said.
These areas have picked up between 150 and 600% of their average rainfall in the past week. Saturated soils will allow more of the rain to run off, increasing the flood risk.
High amounts of atmospheric energy coupled with very high moisture off the Gulf of Mexico will allow for the development of torrential rainfall capable of dropping up to 3 inches of rain per hour.
The line of storms will continue to track toward the Mississippi Valley on Thursday. High rainfall rates greater than 1 inch per hour will again pose the risk to cause localized flooding.
Widespread rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches are expected, though localized amounts could be as high as 6 to 9 inches where the heaviest downpours set up.
Check back with FOX Weather for frequent updates as we progress through this active period with near-daily thunderstorm threats.