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Severe storms, flooding downpours to threaten central US into Friday night

By Alex Sosnowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
October 06, 2017, 7:14:00 PM EDT

Drenching downpours and severe thunderstorms will erupt over parts of the southern and central Plains into Friday night.

Rainfall from the storms will be significant enough to ease dryness and short-term drought conditions but could fall at so fast of a rate to cause minor flash and urban flooding.

Heavy rain caused several roads to flood across Oklahoma on Wednesday afternoon, including near Oklahoma City.

Locally heavy rain and isolated urban flooding can occur from parts of the southern High Plains to the upper Mississippi Valley into Friday night.

In terms of severe weather, severe storms can form across northwestern Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas on Friday afternoon and evening.

Static Severe Storms Friday Night

The most common impact from the storms will be strong wind gusts. However, there may be some incidents of hail.

Hail as large as baseballs were reported from several storms in western Kansas on Friday evening; however, many storms were producing hail smaller than golf balls.

A couple of isolated tornadoes are possible, especially as the storms first develop.

The rainfall will impact agriculture in the region.

"On one hand, the rain will slow the corn harvest in some areas and the planting of winter wheat in others," according to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Jason Nicholls.

"On the other hand, the rain will also help to put some moisture back into the ground, even if it falls at a fast pace."

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Winter wheat needs to sprout rapidly and develop deep roots to survive the cold weather in the months ahead.

The area being affected by the downpours has received between 10 and 80 percent of normal rainfall since Sept. 1.

As cooler air advances to the east, it will help to pull Nate northward from the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

This press of cool air and tropical moisture from Nate will drench much of the eastern third of the nation later this weekend into early next week.

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