Severe thunderstorms have developed over the central United States and will threaten parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley into Wednesday night.
People across the region should prepare for the possibility of travel delays, especially during the rush hour commute, as severe storms spawn damaging winds, large hail and potentially a few tornadoes.
"Cities at risk for severe thunderstorms include Tulsa and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Fayetteville and Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Joplin and Springfield, Missouri, Tyler, Texas; and Shreveport, Louisiana," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.
Thunderstorms are forecast to last into Wednesday night with the worst weather shifting from Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas into Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.
UPDATES: (All times are listed in CDT)
9:25 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Flash flooding continues in Jonesboro, Arkansas, police report.
Officers checking multiple reports of street flooding/stalled vehicles, south and east. Avoid Caraway/Highland, Phillips, Race.— Jonesboro PD (@jonesboroarpd) March 31, 2016
Officers report portion of Lawson Rd washed away near San Souci Rd. Please avoid.— Jonesboro PD (@jonesboroarpd) March 31, 2016
9:17 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A church was damaged in North Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a result of a tornado.
Funnel Touches Down In North Tulsa, Damages Church, Power Lines https://t.co/rR7OEsFoDe pic.twitter.com/fFK88a66sA— News On 6 (@NewsOn6) March 31, 2016
9:12 p.m. CDT Wednesday: More than 5,600 customers in Tulsa County, Oklahoma, are without power at this time, Public Service Company of Oklahoma reports.
8:55 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A flash flood emergency has been issued for Jonesboro, Arkansas.
8:49 p.m. CDT Wednesday: There are several reports of downed power lines around Tulsa:
Multi power lines down in damaged area of N. Tulsa. Don't drive into the area 43rd N.-49N. & Tisdale, Xanthus— City of Tulsa (@cityoftulsagov) March 31, 2016
8:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: At least 9 people have been injured in Oklahoma tonight as a result of the severe storms:
Weather-related calls resulted in 9 patients transported so far tonight. Most calls were for serious injuries & one critical patient. #EMSA— EMSAOK (@EMSAOK) March 31, 2016
8:35 p.m. CDT Wednesday:Many cars stalled in high water in Jonesboro, Arkansas, NWS spotter said. Water is moving swiftly.
8:14 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A record rainfall occurred today in North Little Rock, Arkansas:
3.96 in. of rain at N Little Rock so far today. It's the wettest March day on record (since 1975) beating the old record 3.48 3/7/1990. #arwx— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) March 31, 2016
7:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A confirmed tornado was located near Owasso, Oklahoma.
5:59 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Cars are stalling out in floodwaters near Batesville, Arkansas:
Independence Co. Sheriff's Office confirms that cars are stalling in high water/flooding in Batesville. Dangerous flooding likely! #ARwx— NWS Little Rock (@NWSLittleRock) March 30, 2016
5:19 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Storm clouds forming near Fort Worth, Texas.
Looking west from @CityOfArlington towards Fort Worth. pic.twitter.com/dVzk1qMQZA— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) March 30, 2016
3:47 p.m. CDT Wednesday: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was forced to close its campus due to flooding:
The UALR Main Campus will close at 4 p.m. today due to flash flooding. All evening classes are also cancelled. #arwx— UALR (@UALR) March 30, 2016
3:24 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail the size of golf balls reported near Wichita, Kansas:
Occasional golf ball size hali reported at El Dorado Lake.— NWS Wichita (@NWSWichita) March 30, 2016
2:43 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Emergency management in Greene County, Missouri, reported a house fire started by a lightning strike 4 miles east of Springfield.
2:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail as large as tennis balls reported near Breckenridge, Texas by emergency manager.