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Dangerous severe storms to roll across south-central U.S. through Friday

Staff Writer |
The risk of dangerous and damaging thunderstorms will progress eastward from the southern Plains to the lower Mississippi Valley into Friday.

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The storms will become strong enough to cause property damage in some communities and lead to travel disruptions.

The same storm was stalled over the Southwest and sparked multiple rounds of hail and strong wind gusts in Colorado and New Mexico. It will pick up forward speed for the rest of the week.

Many of the same characteristics will accompany the storms as they erupt and advance across the lower elevations of the South Central states.

However, as the storms encounter more humid air, the risk of torrential downpours and flash flooding will increase, which can aggravate the flooding situation in the Mississippi basin.

"The main threats from the storms will be large hail, strong wind gusts and flash flooding," according to AccuWeather Lead Storm Warning Meteorologist Eddie Walker.

A few isolated tornadoes are also possible with the strongest storms during the afternoon and evening.

"Once the sun goes down, storms will tend to congeal into a solid line that marches eastward during the overnight hours," Walker said.

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