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LIVE: Multiple tornadoes reported in Oklahoma

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.

9:17 p.m. CDT Wednesday: A church was damaged in North Tulsa, Oklahoma, as a result of a tornado.

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:

8:40 p.m. CDT Wednesday: At least 9 people have been injured in Oklahoma tonight as a result of the severe storms:

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:

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:

5:19 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Storm clouds forming near Fort Worth, Texas.

3:47 p.m. CDT Wednesday: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock was forced to close its campus due to flooding:

3:24 p.m. CDT Wednesday: Hail the size of golf balls reported near Wichita, Kansas:

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.