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Destructive Storms Thump S. Plains, Deep South

UPDATED 7:15 PM CST, February 18, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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A line of powerful thunderstorms with destructive history continue to thump residents from far western Tennessee to northeastern Texas tonight. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and even an isolated tornado are all on the weather menu.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in place from northeastern Texas to western Arkansas, including Pine Bluff and El Dorado, Ark., Shreveport, La., and Tyler and Longview, Texas.

A sharp cold front is at the forefront of a vicious line of thunderstorms extending from extreme western Tennessee to northeastern and east-central Texas tonight. The clash between warm, humid air ahead of it, with cooler, much drier air sweeping across the central and southern Plains will maintain a severe risk as far east as the western Tennessee Valley and Deep South for the next several hours.

Golf ball sized hail and high winds gusting in excess of 60 mph will be the chief concerns with the storms as they punch across the Mississippi River Delta and into the far western Tennessee Valley tonight. Though the storms intensity will be in a weakened state later tonight, a few strong thunderstorms could threaten communities like Memphis, Tenn., and Greenville, Miss.

Other places like Pine Bluff, Ark., Shreveport and Monroe, La., and Longview, Texas, are also in the path of these damaging thunderstorms tonight.

Severe weather reports are growing tonight, with a total of 44 reports thus far from southeastern Texas to Missouri. In the past hour, Oil City, La., was pelted with golf ball sized hail, as well as in Vivian, La., too. A particularly damaging thunderstorm rolled through a community near Bismarck, Ark., where trees and powerlines were strewn about. A house was destroyed, and several cars were also flipped due to the strong winds.

Trees have also been blown down near Gurdon, Ark., along Interstate 30, while earlier this evening, a report of homes being damaged and trees down came in from near Shepherd, Texas.

This afternoon and evening`s round of storms will occur in the same places that got hit just a week ago by severe weather. Between February 11 and 12 there were three high wind reports and 11 large hail reports in eastern Texas, northern Louisiana and western Mississippi.

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