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Severe Storms Boom Across E. Texas, Lower Miss. Valley

UPDATED 5:15 PM CST, November 11, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Powerful thunderstorms packing a punch of damaging winds are rolling across far eastern Texas and the Lower Mississippi Valley early tonight. The other big severe weather concern includes the possibility for a few brief tornadoes as well.

A Tornado Watch is still in place for far eastern Texas, southwestern Arkansas and northwestern Louisiana, including Shreveport, La., and El Dorado, Ark.

A sharp cold front separating warm and humid Gulf of Mexico air across the Deep South from cooler and drier air rushing into the southern Plains remains the trigger for a line of fierce thunderstorms stretching from south-central Arkansas into northwestern Louisiana and far eastern Texas early tonight. The storms will continue to feed off the clash between these two air masses for the next few hours.

Thus far, the main threat with the thunderstorms has been damaging wind gusts. However, a few of the stronger thunderstorms will be capable of producing a brief tornado, as well as frequent and dangerous lightning seen on Earth Networks Total Lightning Network.

Shreveport, La., and El Dorado, Ark., are in the path of these severe thunderstorms, while Monroe, La., and Hot Springs, Ark., could also be impacted by a potent thunderstorms tonight.

The good news is the thunderstorms will begin to fade after Midnight, as they cross the Mississippi River into the western Tennessee Valley on Monday. Still, the bumbling cold front may be capable of squeezing out a few strong thunderstorms from eastern Kentucky to along the Interstate 10 corridor from southeastern Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle on Monday.

After causing damage in the central Plains on Saturday, severe weather reports have started to mount across northeastern Texas and the Ozarks tonight. Trees, branches, and power lines have been blown down by strong thunderstorm gusts in Nashville, Ark., near Jefferson, Texas, and near Bloomburg, Ark.

Not to be left out, the silver lining behind all this severe weather is it will be attached to much-needed rainfall across the Lower Mississippi Valley tonight. These locations have endured a growing long-term drought. One to nearly 3 inches of rain will fall, easing precipitation deficits and refueling parched reservoirs. However, too much in a short time could cause flash flooding.

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