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Central US to face severe storm, flood threat through Thursday night

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The central United States will face a renewed threat of flooding rain and severe thunderstorms through Thursday night.

A strengthening storm will clash with unseasonably warm air over the central Plains, setting the stage for severe weather.

"Severe weather including large hail, damaging winds and flash flooding will erupt across eastern Kansas, central Oklahoma, southwestern Iowa and even northwestern Missouri through Thursday night," AccuWeather Meteorologist Ryan Adamson said.

This severe threat zone includes areas in and around Kansas City, Missouri; Wichita, Kansas; and Oklahoma City. Residents should be vigilant for local weather warnings.

The storms could cause sporadic power outages and minor structural damage.

An isolated tornado or two could spin up when storms initially develop.

The storms could quickly drop over an inch of rainfall in under an hour, overwhelming storm drains and small streams.

Heavy rain and flash flooding in the absence of severe weather will be the concern farther north.

Soaking rain will affect much of Nebraska on Thursday before moving northeastward into Minnesota and Wisconsin late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night, Adamson said, adding that the rain would taper off by Friday morning.

The saturated nature of the soil across much of the region will make it difficult for any additional rainfall to soak into the ground.

Motorists should use extra care when traveling on area roadways and be on alert for rapidly changing weather conditions.

The bulk of the stormy weather will shift north and south on Friday into portions of Texas and Canada. A few leftover but very spotty storms could sweep across a portion of the Great Lakes.

Much drier and sunnier weather is in store across the Plains for the weekend.