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Texas will be hit by persistent storms and flash floods at least until Saturday

LUBBOCK, Texas – Another day of severe weather will hit Texas and the Southern Plains on Thursday with two waves of storms, bringing the threat of damaging winds, very large hail and possible tornadoes.

Thunderstorms began brewing Thursday morning, moving along the Red River and south of it through North Texas.

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The FOX Forecast Center said the storms would move into the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area around noon, bringing the threat of wind gusts up to 60 mph and dangerous lightning. Additional power outages are possible.

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This activity will spread across East Texas with wind gusts of 40-60 mph throughout the afternoon and may reach the Houston area by sunset.

Another wave of storms is expected to rage along a dry line across West Texas starting in the late afternoon.

“Here's the forecast for today (Thursday). All of the red dots (below) are the ones to really be on guard for,” said Britta Merwin, meteorologist at FOX Weather. “That's not to say there's no need to worry in Omaha (Nebraska) and Sioux Falls (South Dakota), but the further north you go, the lower the risk.”

The hotspot will be the Texas Panhandle, where there is a level 3 out of 5 thunderstorm potential that will produce very large hail, Merwin added.

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The FOX Forecast Center said hail will be the biggest threat from these storms. In the strongest thunderstorms, hail should easily reach the size of golf balls or more, and baseball-sized hail cannot be ruled out. A tornado or two is also possible. Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland and Odessa are in the danger area.

These storms are expected to merge into another thunderstorm complex and move east into western Oklahoma and the Texas Low Rolling Plains, the FOX Forecast Center added.

The threat of severe wind gusts and heavy hail will likely persist throughout Thursday evening. However, the threat will diminish during the overnight hours as the storms move southeastward across central and eastern Texas. Dallas could be impacted again during this time.

More severe storms likely on Friday

The threat of severe storms will shift eastward on Friday, affecting the more densely populated areas of eastern Texas, southeastern Oklahoma and western Louisiana.

One or two organized storm clusters could develop by Friday morning and afternoon, bringing the threat of strong winds and hail that would spread across parts of the southern Plains into the lower Mississippi Valley, the Texas Gulf Coast and deep south Texas by Friday evening, the FOX Forecast Center said.

Repeated flash floods possible

Flash flooding is possible this week in the Plains and north and east into the Midwest. The timing of the heaviest rain will change each day, from the south back to the north and repeat.

Large cities like Dallas are battling heavy rains and flooding Threat: 3 to 5 inches of rain are expected to drench the region.

Many places in the south are seeing rainfall well above average this year, while some places in the central plains would like to benefit from wet weather.

Based on this pattern, the FOX Forecast Center says it's safe to assume that there will be some rain in almost all parts of the country this week.

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