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Dallas area included in Severe Thunderstorm Watches issued for parts of New Mexico, Texas

Fox Weather logo Fox Weather 5/23/2022 Brian Donegan
Severe storm threat on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. © Provided by Fox Weather Severe storm threat on Tuesday, May 24, 2022.

The threat of severe storms and heavy rain will continue across parts of the Plains and South for the next couple of days, providing much-needed rainfall to one of the nation's most drought-stricken regions, but it could be too much of a good thing.

Severe thunderstorms on Monday were most numerous in the Carolinas and eastern Georgia, where homes were damaged and thousands were without power in the wake of the storms that produced damaging winds and even an apparent tornado in Spartanburg County, South Carolina.

A large, dusty tornado was also spotted in the Texas Panhandle late Monday evening.

UPROOTED TREES, CRUSHED BUILDINGS LEFT BEHIND FROM SEVERE STORMS THAT TORE ACROSS THE CAROLINAS AND TEXAS

The Storm Prediction Center has issued the following weather alerts:

On Tuesday, a squall line of severe thunderstorms is expected to develop and sweep across Texas and into the lower Mississippi Valley. Damaging wind gusts, large hail and a few tornadoes are all threats along this line of storms. An isolated severe storm also can't be ruled out farther east along the Gulf Coast and into parts of the Southeast.

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The threat of severe thunderstorms with damaging winds will continue into Wednesday morning as the squall line from Tuesday slides eastward into the Texas Coastal Plain and the lower Mississippi Valley.

To the north of the squall line, isolated severe storms are also possible Wednesday afternoon and evening in the mid-Mississippi and Ohio valleys. Damaging wind gusts and large hail are the primary risks, but an isolated tornado can't be ruled out.

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By Thursday, isolated severe thunderstorms are possible from parts of the Southeast northward into the Ohio Valley and the southern Great Lakes.

Damaging wind gusts and hail are the main threats in these regions.

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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.

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