Thunderstorms with flash flooding, damaging wind gusts and hail targeted the South Central states Friday and will do so into Friday night. A couple of the strongest storms can produce a short-lived tornado.
Major cities most at risk for severe weather and flash flooding during the evening hours include Austin and San Antonio, Texas, New Orleans, La. and Mobile, Ala.
People are urged to move indoors, away from windows as the storms approach. Motorists should not attempt to drive through flooded roadways. Doing so will not only put themselves at risk, but also would-be rescuers.
The possibility of showers and thunderstorms Friday night will extend parts of Texas, Louisiana, Arkasnsas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.
The bulk of the thunderstorms will form across central Texas to the central Gulf Coast area, where repeat offenders will raise the stakes for flooding.
Just like the past couple of days, large hail and damaging winds will accompany the strongest storms. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, but atmospheric conditions remain unfavorable for a widespread tornado outbreak.
The slow-moving nature of the front will keep some showers and heavier thunderstorms around into Saturday across South Texas and along the immediate Gulf Coast.
Any rain will be welcome news in South Texas, where extreme drought conditions persist. McAllen and Brownsville, Texas, have not seen measurable rain in nearly two weeks.
The front will move offshore by Sunday, allowing for drier, less humid air to move in with the return of some sunshine.
Expert Senior Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski contributed content to this story.
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