Flooding, Severe Storms to Bear Down on Over 1,200 Miles of US

By , Expert Senior Meteorologist
June 5, 2014; 11:41 PM ET
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Additional complexes of thunderstorms will affect portions of the Plains, Midwest and South into this weekend with areas of flooding rain and severe weather.

The storms threaten to bring problems ranging from travel delays and disruptions to outdoor activities to more serious consequences ranging from power outages, property damage and threats to lives.

Windows are blown out of vehicles at a car dealership following a severe thunderstorm in Blair, Neb., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Into Friday, showers and thunderstorms will reach more than 1,200 miles from the Carolinas to Colorado with pockets of severe thunderstorms within this zone.

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Into Thursday evening, a complex of severe thunderstorms will track from southwestern Tennessee, across northern Mississippi and into Alabama. The threats will include wind gusts to 65 mph, large hail and flash flooding. A small number of the storms can also produce a tornado.

Additional strong to severe storms will erupt to the south and west of this complex during Thursday afternoon and evening over eastern Colorado, southwestern Kansas, western Oklahoma, the northern Texas Panhandle and northeastern New Mexico.

Spotty severe, drenching thunderstorms will stretch from easetern Nebraska to Minnesota into Thursday night.

Meanwhile, strong to locally severe thunderstorms will also affect areas from the Carolinas to Georgia into Thursday evening.

On Friday, the greatest threat of severe weather will extend from Denver and Amarillo, Texas, to Little Rock, Arkansas, and Jackson, Mississippi. Additional storms can also fire over portions of Alabama and Georgia.

According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Bernie Rayno, "We are likely to see another complex of severe thunderstorms develop late Thursday night and last into Friday over part of the southern Plains and Texas."

During the weekend, thunderstorms will continue to fire in the same general zone from the Plains to the Southeastern states. However, there is a chance that a large complex of thunderstorms will push eastward from the central Plains to across part of the Midwest. The storms will unload drenching rain and can bring episodes of high winds.

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The swath of heaviest rain is forecast to reach from northern Texas to central Kansas, eastward to the southern Missouri and northern Arkansas.

The cumulative amount of rain may top 6 inches in some locations spanning Thursday through the weekend.

While the pattern will lead to flooding problems, it will also bring some relief for those suffering in long-term drought.


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