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Severe storms and flooding in central, southern U.S. this weekend

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Staff Writer | March 31, 2017
Severe thunderstorms will heighten the risk for flooding and property damage across the western and central Gulf Coast states spanning Saturday night to Monday.
Severe storms
Weather   Intense rainfall and snow
A storm that will bring accumulating snow to the Intermountain West into the first half of the weekend will strengthen rapidly as it dives southward over Texas on Sunday.

“Gulf moisture will be rapidly pulled northward into the South this weekend, setting the stage for very heavy rainfall,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Evan Duffey said.

Thunderstorms will begin to erupt on Saturday afternoon across the southern Plains with downpours and the potential for hail and gusty winds.

Sunday into Monday is shaping up to be the most volatile time period.

The bull's-eye of most intense rain and thunderstorms will likely be centered over central and eastern Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta region during Sunday and Sunday night, before shifting and expanding across the interior Southeast on Monday.

This will result in intense rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour, which will inundate storm drains quickly and cause flooding on neighboring streets and lands.

Leaves and other debris should be removed from storm drains to help rain water drain properly.