System slowly progresses eastward with chance of storms from Midwest to Gulf Coast
Flood Watches have been issued for parts of the Central and Southern Plains
The threat of storms and heavy rain will continue across parts of the Midwest and South for the next couple of days, providing much-needed rainfall to some drought-stricken regions, but it could be too much of a good thing.
The combination of warm temperatures, moisture and frontal boundaries should allow for showers and thunderstorms to reemerge during the afternoon and evening.
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The threat zone for seeing a potentially severe storm Wednesday extends from the Midwest to the Gulf Coast.
The primary threats will be damaging wind gusts and hail, but meteorologists warn that an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out.
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The chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms will only advance slightly eastward on Thursday.
The main threats from the wet weather will be damaging winds and hail.
Cities from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast are included in the threat zone for possibly seeing a severe storm.
Flooding also possible
These rounds of thunderstorms will also wring out areas of heavy rain across the Central and Southern Plains through Wednesday.
For the most part, this will be welcome news for the region as it is currently in the midst of severe drought and one of the hottest Mays to date.
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Between 1 and 3 inches of rain is expected to fall in many locations from Kansas to Oklahoma and Texas, with locally higher amounts upwards of 3 to 5 inches not ruled in some spots.
However, with the good news also comes the bad.
A lot of this rain might fall over a relatively short period of time, which will lead to an increased risk of flash flooding.
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The National Weather Service has hoisted Flood Watches for portions of Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana through Thursday morning.
Excessive runoff could result in flooding of rivers, creeks, streams and other low-lying and flood-prone locations. Creeks and streams might rise out of their banks, as well.