Severe storms are firing up over the southern Plains Monday afternoon and will continue into the evening hours, bringing the threat of large hail, damaging winds, flooding downpours and a few isolated tornadoes.
The storms are expected to impact parts of central and eastern Texas, eastern Oklahoma, northern Louisiana, Arkansas, southern Missouri, western Mississippi and western Tennessee.
"Damaging thunderstorms continue to press through southeast Arkansas, Louisiana and southeast Texas this afternoon," said AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Brian Edwards. "We expect storms across southeast Texas to intensify further as they move toward the cities of Houston, Galveston, Beaumont and Port Arthur this afternoon."
Edwards added the biggest threats with all of the thunderstorms will be damaging wind gusts to 70 mph and torrential, flooding downpours.
Updates: (All times listed in Central time)
5:02 p.m. CDT Monday: Numerous trees down in Vicksburg, Mississippi and in Warren County the emergency manager reports.
4:39 p.m. CDT Monday:
Nice shelf cloud RT @DDeYoung66: @NWSJacksonMS weather rolling into Vicksburg. pic.twitter.com/foG79iJbw4— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) June 9, 2014
4:31 p.m. CDT Monday: Several vehicles blown off roadways in St. Joseph, Louisiana law enforcement reports.
4:07 p.m. CDT Monday: A few trees down on highway 134 southwest of Lake Providence, Louisiana and on highway 65 just north of town.
3:34 p.m. CDT Monday: More than 4,800 US flights delayed and another 496 canceled according to FlightStats.
2:45 p.m. CDT Monday: A funnel cloud was reported by the emergency manager in Wiville, Arkansas around 2:20 p.m. CDT.