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Severe Storms, Heavy Rain Crushing Central Plains

UPDATED 12:30 AM CDT, August 9, 2013

By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Andrew Rosenthal

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Severe thunderstorms have been at it again across the Central Plains tonight. The storms are not only bringing damaging winds and hail, but also flash flooding.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch continues tonight in central Oklahoma, including Oklahoma City.

The storms are developing ahead of a cold front draped across the Plains. An upper-level low pressure system is riding along this front, feeding off a warm and humid air mass to trigger major thunderstorms. Some of these storms will have the potential to produce gusty winds of 60 to 70 mph and hail this evening.

The strong storms aren`t the only threat produced by this slow-moving cold front. Heavy rain has been falling since this morning across the central Plains and into the Ozarks, producing flooding. An Earth Networks Live Tracking station in Waynoka, Okla., has picked up 2.66 inches of rain, while Rogers, Ark., has seen 4.18 inches of rain. Branson, Mo., has seen 6.63 inches of rain today. This is causing flash flooding, and Flash Flood Watches stretch from central Kansas to western Tennessee.

The low pressure responsible for the stormy weather will continue to ride along the front, moving into the Tennessee Valley, before cruising northward across the Appalachians and into the Northeast. It will bring its bounty of tropical moisture along for the ride, and a threat for flash flooding is expected along its path.

Flash Flood Watches are in effect from western Ohio and eastern Kentucky into central West Virginia, and across northern Georgia. In both areas, recent rainfall has stressed rivers and streams, and any more rain is likely to cause these streams to overtop their banks.

If you come across water in the road, do not attempt to cross it, as it is likely deeper than it appears. Remember, Turn Around, Don`t Drown!

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