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Fresh Storms Rush Across Southern High Plains

UPDATED 7:30 PM CDT, September 27, 2013

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Fred Allen

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Powerful thunderstorms packing destructive winds and a heightened flash flood threat will continue to rumble across the southern and central Plains tonight.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch remains in place from the Texas Panhandle into western Kansas, including Dodge City, Kan., Gage, Okla., and Lubbock and Childress, Texas.

Destructive thunderstorms are streaking across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles as well as building into southwestern and western Kansas tonight. The lengthy line of thunderstorms, feeding upon a huge clash of hot and moisture-rich Gulf of Mexico air and much drier, cooler air sweeping off the Rocky Front Range ahead of a cold front, will charge into central Kansas and southern Nebraska overnight.

The primary severe weather concern will be damaging wind gusts climbing to 70 mph, although quarter size hail and a few brief tornadoes cannot be discounted either. Cities such as Lubbock and Childress, Texas, Gage, Okla., and Dodge City and Medicine Lodge, Kan., will need to keep their WeatherBug active and turned up loud in case your neighborhood is threatened by severe weather tonight.

As if the severe weather wasn't enough by itself, the thunderstorms will also trigger very heavy rain in a short time. One to 3 inches will fall from the Texas Panhandle to Nebraska, knocking away what was until recently an extremely significant long term drought. However, all this rain falling at once will create flash flooding near creeks, streams and in urban centers. Remember, if you approach a flooded roadway, it is best to "Turn Around, Don`t Drown."

Severe weather reports continue to trickle in tonight. A trifecta of 69 mph wind gusts has been clocked near Tulia and Happy, Texas. A 65 mph gust was measured near Wayside, Texas, while damaging winds associated with another powerful thunderstorm knocked down a 10-to-12 inch diameter tree on a van near Oxford, Neb.

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