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Rounds of severe weather to keep slamming south-central US into Sunday

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
April 07, 2019, 11:05:33 AM EDT


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Clusters of severe thunderstorms will continue to erupt across the south-central United States through Sunday.

A complex situation is unfolding with multiple rounds of severe weather threatening areas from southern and eastern Texas to the lower Mississippi Valley.

Areas from San Antonio, Texas, to Shreveport, Louisiana; Greenville, Mississippi; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Memphis, Tennessee, can be hit by one or more severe thunderstorms into the end of the weekend.

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One round of violent thunderstorms will continue to threaten these areas into Saturday evening.

A separate area of locally severe thunderstorms will erupt from Oklahoma City to Wichita, Kansas, and Omaha, Nebraska, during this time.

Later Saturday night into early Sunday, another cluster of severe weather is expected to develop across South Texas and threaten communities from Laredo to McAllen and Corpus Christi.

These thunderstorms may advance to the Houston area on Sunday afternoon, when additional thunderstorms will ignite across the lower Mississippi Valley.

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Also in the pre-dawn hours of Sunday, more severe weather may ignite around Little Rock and Memphis. These thunderstorms can remain heavy and gusty as they press over the Ohio Valley during the day.

The main threats from all of the rounds of severe weather into Sunday will be damaging winds, hail and flooding downpours. There can also be isolated tornadoes, mainly in the afternoon and evening hours.

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"The after-dark severe weather risk will make it important for residents to keep their cell phones on and charged with audible severe weather alerts enabled throughout the night," according to AccuWeather Meteorologist Renee Duff.

Motorists along stretches of interstates 10, 20, 30, 35, 49 and 55 can face sudden reductions in visibility and a heightened risk of hydroplaning while traveling at highway speeds.

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"With the soil becoming saturated due to the repeating downpours, wind gusts as low as 40-50 mph may become sufficient to knock down trees and power lines," Duff said.

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Rounds of rain and thunderstorms will continue to douse the Southern states from Sunday to Tuesday, elevating the risk of flash flooding.


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