Torrential rains, large hail and strong winds target South
Unfortunately, the Lone Star State will not be getting the break it deserves from Mother Nature anytime soon. Additional rounds of showers are forecast for the state that's already swamped by flood water.
Here's what you can expect over the next 48 hours.
Isolated severe thunderstorms -- with potential for large hail, damaging wind gusts and "possibly a tornado" -- are expected Wednesday afternoon into early Wednesday night across southwest Texas, according to the Storm Prediction Center (SPC).
"More isolated strong/damaging gusts and some hail will be possible farther east into east Texas and Mississippi/Alabama," adds the SPC in a convective outlook summery.
Residents are reminded to exercise caution and are urged to stay off the roads if they are flooded.
Tornado 101: Everything you need to know about staying safe
"Isolated severe storms are most probable over the Big Bend area of West Texas and parts of the eastern Carolinas -- mainly on Thursday afternoon," the SPC says.
Major target areas include: Fayetteville, NC, Greenville, NC, Jacksonville, NC, Rocky Mount, NC and Wilson, NC.
Residents are urged to prepare in advance and have an emergency plan in place in case of outages or tornadoes.
Heavy bouts of rain are expected to continue into the weekend for parts of the southern Plains. Forecasters say additional flooding is likely, particularly in Texas and Oklahoma where an additional 3 to 5 inches of rain could fall by Sunday, with locally higher amounts possible.
Updates on watches and warnings can be found on our ALERTS page 24/7.
LIGHTNING SAFETY TIPS
- Stay away from windows.
- Unplug appliances.
- Do not use the telephone.
- Avoid running tap water.
- Try to reach a safe building or vehicle (picnic shelters, dugouts and sheds are NOT considered safe).
- Avoid high ground, water, tall, isolated trees and metal objects such as fences or bleachers.
- If you are out on the water, get to land and find shelter immediately.
IF SOMEONE IS STRUCK BY LIGHTNING
- Call for help / dial 911.
- The injured person has received an electrical shock and may be burned or have other injuries.
- People who have been struck by lightning do not retain an electrical charge and can be handled safely.
- Give first aid. If the heart has stopped beating, a trained person should give CPR.
Environment Canada offers a 30-30 rule. If you can count 30 seconds or less between seeing a lightning flash and hearing the thunder, take shelter and stay there until 30 minutes after you last hear thunder.
KEEP ON TOP OF ACTIVE WEATHER: Visit the Alerts section of the website
TORNADO SAFETY TIPS
- Should a tornado develop, seek underground shelter when possible -- preferably in a basement.
- In the absence of an underground room opt for a windowless interior room or hallway on the lowest level of a solid building.
- Never try to outrun a tornado.
- Keep cell phone and/or battery-operated radio handy so you can keep on top of tornado watches and warnings.
- DO NOT go outside if a tornado is imminent or occurring in your area.
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING SIGNS
- Large hail
- Strong winds
- Debris clouds and tree damage
- Torrential rain
- Severe thunder/lightning
- Dark, often greenish clouds
Source: SPC | CNN