Severe thunderstorms packing damaging wind gusts, large hail and tornadoes will sweep across parts of the South and Midwest Wednesday night through Thursday. In addition, heavy rainfall will trigger some flash flooding, particularly from the Lower Mississippi Valley into the Southeast.

NOAA’s National Weather Service has issued the following watches:

  • A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 9 p.m. CDT for portions of central Oklahoma and parts of southeast Oklahoma and northwest Texas. This watch includes Oklahoma City and Wichita Falls.
  • A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued until 9 p.m. CDT for parts of north-central and northwest Texas, including Dallas-Fort Worth.
  • A tornado watch is in effect until 10 p.m. CDT for the Arklatex vicinity, including northeast Texas, southwest Arkansas, far southeast Oklahoma and northwest Louisiana. This watch includes Shreveport and Texarkana.
  • A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 11 p.m. CDT for portions of northeast Kansas and far northwest Missouri. The watch includes Emporia, Topeka and St. Joseph. FULL REPORT