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Severe Storms to Target Texas on Memorial Day

Severe thunderstorms will rumble across the southern Plains on Monday, impacting similar areas that were hit earlier in the holiday weekend.

Monday's storms can affect Memorial Day festivities from southern Texas to central Arkansas with the worst of the storms developing during the afternoon and evening hours.

Those looking to spend part of the holiday in the outdoors should do so with caution, keeping an eye to the sky and know where to seek shelter when a storm approaches.

Damaging wind gusts and flash flooding are likely to be the most widespread threats.

However, a few isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

San Antonio, Houston, Dallas and Abilene, Texas; Shreveport and Lake Charles, Louisiana; Ardmore and McAlester, Oklahoma, and Fort Smith, Arkansas, are some of the cities that could be hit by a severe storm on Monday.

With all of the rain that has fallen across this part of the country in recent weeks, it will not take much to create flooding issues.

Water levels continue to run above normal in rivers and can quickly jump out of their banks and flow across roads.

Central and eastern Oklahoma are at the greatest risk of flooding as some areas have received over a foot and a half of rain since May 1. This is as much as six times more rain than this part of the country typically receives in all of May.

Shower and thunderstorm activity is expected to decrease across the southern Plains headed into the middle of the week, giving residents a break from the unsettled weather.

However, a few showers or non-severe thunderstorms may still dot the region each afternoon.

More widespread showers and thunderstorms may return to the southern Plains late in the week or early in the weekend, renewing the threat of severe weather.