These thunderstorms will race through the eastern part of the state, plowing though Dallas and even Tyler.
The primary threats from this first round of severe thunderstorms will come in the form of large hail and damaging gusts of wind, which could bring down trees and power poles.
Hail could reach the size of quarters or even tennis balls across this region, which is big enough to cause damage to vehicles, windshields and windows.
Be sure to heed any watches or warnings that may be issued. Remember: If a warning is issued, this means a dangerous thunderstorm is imminent, and you should take shelter immediately.
The second round of thunderstorms will take on rotating supercell characteristics in the late morning into the early evening hours from near Lufkin, Texas eastward to near Hattiesburg, Miss and New Orleans. This is the window of opportunity for the worst of the thunderstorm outbreak to take place.
Tornados will be likely in the most violent thunderstorms, and one or two of these tornados will have the potential to become long-lived, life-threatening and destructive. Large hail and damaging wind gusts will also be likely.
If you have travel plans across the area, blinding downpours and locally flooding rains will cause plenty of delays on I-10, I-20, I-55 and I-35, to name a few.
Airport Delays are also a potential problem, especially if you'll be flying to or from Dallas, Houston or New Orleans.
The threat for severe thunderstorms will end late Thursday night, and dry and much more tranquil weather will follow for Friday.
While rain will slice through portions of the Midwest and Northeast this week, it will interrupt the stretch of dry weather in store for most locations only briefly.
While waters will be slow to recede across flood-ravaged South Carolina, a stretch of dry weather will provide favorable conditions for cleanup efforts across the region.
One potential path for Joaquin will have the post-tropical cyclone reaching Ireland as early as Saturday.
Joaquin remains on track to make Europe its final destination with a part of the British Isles and western Europe first facing potential impacts this weekend.
The next round of rain for the Washington, D.C., and Baltimore areas will be at the end of the week into the start of the weekend.
Despite Hurricane Oho not making landfall across Hawaii, rough surf will rattle the islands into Friday.
Puerto Rico (1970)
Floods caused "most widespread natural disaster in recent years". A total of 38.42 inches of rain fell in 6 days, causing $62 million damage; 18 people were killed.
Seattle, WA (1981)
Four inches of rain in 24 hours, a record for the city.
New York (1983)
Moderate earthquake in upstate New York (Blue Mountain Lake area). Temblor measured 5.2 on the Richter scale and was felt over a wide portion of the Northeastern United States and part of Canada.