Severe storms erupted across western portions of Oklahoma and northwestern Texas late Friday before spreading eastward on Saturday.
Large hail and damaging wind gusts are the main threats of the strongest thunderstorms that erupt Friday afternoon and evening. Cities and towns that lie the zone of storm risk include Abilene, Snyder and Wichita Falls, Texas, and Altus and Weatherford, Okla.
A weak storm pushing across the region will act to ignite the storms, while moist air coming in from the Gulf of Mexico provides the fuel.
Motorists who travel along the I-20 and I-40 corridors should be prepared for locally torrential downpours and stay alert of the potential for severe storms.
As the storm system shifts eastward, thunderstorms will spread across northern Texas and central and eastern portions of Oklahoma on Saturday.
Oklahoma City, Norman and Tulsa, Okla., may lie in the path of potentially damaging storms on Saturday.
By Saturday evening, thunderstorms will reach the lower Mississippi Valley, putting portions of Arkansas and northern Louisiana at risk.
A hot air balloon carrying at least 16 people crashed in central Texas on Saturday morning. Authorities say there appears to be no survivors.
Rounds of drenching showers and heavy thunderstorms will heighten the risk of flash flooding across the northeastern United States through the final weekend of July.
Tropical Storm Nida threatens to bring flooding rain to the Philippines into this weekend with future impacts on China and Taiwan.
As several large fires continue to rage across the western United States, weather conditions will gradually improve for firefighting efforts in the upcoming week.
A pair of systems will attempt to end the tropical drought in the Atlantic Basin into early August.
Additional downpours are likely to roll across northern New Jersey and could suspend play during the late rounds at the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club this weekend.
"A considerable flood arose unexpectedly which proved detrimental to many in that colony." This was the first of 2 hurricane/floods within 30 days.
Amarillo, TX (1982)
4.22" of rain -- 24-hour July rainfall record.
Eureka, CA (1982)
A total of 0.03" in drizzle -- a daily rainfall record for midsummer.