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Rounds of Storms, Rain to Continue for the Plains

Daily episodes of severe thunderstorms and flooding downpours will impact the Plains this week, possibly lingering into the weekend.

"This will be an active pattern for the Plains this week." said Severe Weather Expert Henry Margusity.

People in some areas may have to wait until the weekend, or possibly longer, until they experience another day completely free of rain or thunderstorms.

This could lead to the delay or postponement of some outdoor events across the region, as well as having a negative impact on travel.

The worst of the thunderstorms are expected to focus over the southern Plains through the middle of the week; however, some storms will eventually reach up into the northern extent of the region.

"Tuesday should be a fairly active day once again in Oklahoma and Texas," said Southern Weather Expert Frank Strait.

Severe storms that develop during the afternoon on Tuesday could produce damaging winds past 60 mph, hail larger than golf balls, and perhaps even a tornado or two.

The main difference between Tuesday's storms and the storms that fired on Monday is that they are not expected to reach into eastern Kansas and northern Missouri.

Another round of severe weather will fire on Wednesday, reaching farther north than those on Tuesday.

Similar to the storms on Tuesday, damaging winds, large hail and a few tornadoes can occur with the strongest storms.

Heavy downpours could turn out to be one of the biggest dangers with these storms as moisture from the Gulf of Mexico surges over the Plains.

Rainfall amounts can easily exceed 1 inch in an hour during heavy downpours, leading to urban and flash flooding.

If you come across a flooded roadway, you should avoid driving though it. The water may be deeper than it appears and could cause your vehicle to get stuck, or in some cases, pull it downstream.

Despite all of the negative impacts that the rain and storms will bring, there will be a few positive impacts.

One of these positives includes helping to ease the ongoing drought in the Plains.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 30 precent of Texas and 60 percent of Oklahoma are in a moderate drought.

While this week's rain will not end the drought, it should put a noticeable dent in the drought conditions.

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