A powerful cold front producing towering clouds, severe thunderstorms and torrential rain will put millions of people in harm's way into Thursday night.
"The main zone for severe weather Thursday evening will stretch from northeastern Texas and northern Lousiana northward through Arkansas and southern portions of Missouri and Illinois as a squall line races across these areas," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Carl Erickson said.
Portions of Mississippi and western Tennessee will also experience some severe weather.
"Torrential, flooding downpours, large hail and damaging wind gusts up to 65 mph will be the primary threat from these storms although a stronger storm may even spawn a tornado," he added.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in CDT)
7:26 p.m. CDT Thursday:
This was our view of the severe storm that passed near our office earlier this evening. pic.twitter.com/3cZx7PV8lJ— NWS Jackson MS (@NWSJacksonMS) October 3, 2014
7:10 p.m. CDT Thursday:
A Ryder truck in Hewitt pic.twitter.com/FGwKam3jaQ— Mike Aviles (@MikAviles) October 3, 2014
6:35 p.m. CDT Thursday:
Power lines down as well on Cooper St @ArlingtonTX_ #txwx pic.twitter.com/24fNul9vTQ— Patrick Modrovsky (@PatrickMo40) October 2, 2014
6:30 p.m. CDT Thursday: More than 178,000 Oncor Electric customers in Texas without power due to thunderstorms, the utility reports.
6:00 p.m. CDT Thursday:
5:30 PM 63 mph wind gust recorded at Sulphur Springs. 83 mph wind reported near Wills Point. #txwx #tyler— NWS Fort Worth (@NWSFortWorth) October 2, 2014
5:50 p.m. CDT Thursday:
PHOTO: Extensive roof damage at a business along I-30 & Cooper in Arlington, TX. #wfaastorms pic.twitter.com/mvGc7mhGLs— Ryan Wood (@RyanWoodDFW) October 2, 2014
5:45 p.m. CDT Thursday:
Arlington, Bowen and Division. Wow. Pic: @iamjonathancook #txwx #DFWwx pic.twitter.com/HCSeiQCmCq— DFW Scanner (@DFWscanner) October 2, 2014