Severe storms bring risk for tornadoes, flooding to southern US on Monday

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By Faith Eherts for AccuWeather.com

A storm ramping up in the central US will push an area of potentially severe weather into the southeastern states for Monday afternoon.

The center of the developing system is predicted to bring strong winds, snow and heavy rain to large swaths of the northern and central Plains. The impacts of this storm will reach southward to the Gulf Coast.

"Severe thunderstorms will likely fire along a potent cold front across eastern Texas, southern Arkansas, and most of Louisiana," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rossio said.

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Widespread storm damage possible

While thunderstorms may seem out-of-season, autumn outbreaks are not uncommon in the southeastern US and should not be underestimated.

"This area is known for having severe thunderstorms capable of producing tornadoes during the fall or early spring," Rossio said. "All the atmospheric ingredients necessary for damaging winds, hail, and even a few tornadoes will be present during the afternoon on Monday."

A widespread tornado outbreak is not expected, but a few could spin up.

"The most likely bullseye for possible tornadoes will be across northern Louisiana," Rossio said.

Residents should stay up-to-date on local watches and warnings and be aware of any sudden changes in the weather throughout Monday and Monday evening.

"Shreveport and Texarkana should keep a close eye to the sky on Monday," Rossio said.

Powerful thunderstorms could contain damaging wind gusts, while associated heavy rains will bring the threat for flash flooding. Up to 2 inches of rain could fall in a short period of time from any given storm.

Particularly in areas where rain has been scarce, flooding will occur quickly.

Creek beds that have dried during the recent drought could fill suddenly with swiftly moving water. Significant run-off of topsoil is also possible as dry weather has left the soil dusty and has thinned protective foliage cover.

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Low-lying and poor drainage areas will be inundated with water quickly and those on the road should be careful to avoid flooded routes.

Hydroplaning will pose a threat to highway travelers. At high speeds, newly wet roads will be especially slick. Drivers should also be aware of drastically reduced visibilities in areas of heavy rain.

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Ruth Labenz is assisted to safety by a Stanton County Sherriff's officer after her home was destroyed in the town of Pilger, Neb. Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A woman walks down Black Hills Trail road in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A tornado forms over a house near Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. At least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska on Monday. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A man holds a girl after she was pulled from the basement of her destroyed home in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
A man holds a girl after she was pulled from the basement of her destroyed home in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
Rescue personnel tend to a young tornado victim in Pilger, Neb., Monday, June 16, 2014. A hospital spokeswoman says at least one person is dead and at least 16 more are in critical condition after two massive tornadoes swept through northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/Mark 'Storm' Farnik)
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This framgrab taken from video provided by StormChasingVideo.com shows two tornados approaching Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/StormChasingVideo.com)
This framgrab taken from video provided by StormChasingVideo.com shows a tornado approaching Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/StormChasingVideo.com)
This framgrab taken from video provided by StormChasingVideo.com shows two tornados approaching Pilger, Neb., Monday June 16, 2014. The National Weather Service said at least two twisters touched down within roughly a mile of each other Monday in northeast Nebraska. (AP Photo/StormChasingVideo.com)
Tragic scene in Nebraska today. Pray for this town of Pilger, NE. @canadogreg @ChittickChris @spann @weatherchannel http://t.co/1n2L3tt8Zg
Around 4:32 p.m. CDT RT @stormcoker: TWO TORNADOES!!!! Near Wisner, Nebraska!! #newx http://t.co/NOYHRJ3Q7p
Another photo of tornado just before second one forms, in Nebraska. Taken by @AaronRigsbyOSC https://t.co/9P30MrvACj http://t.co/64jg6oCuVZ
Unimaginable scene today in Nebraska. Deadly, Violent and Tragic @Spann @weathernetwork @jwhittalTWN http://t.co/gQ3rp0yEa9
Amazing!! MT @ObservingSpace: Twin tornadoes photographed by Shalyn Phillips near Pilger, Nebraska. http://t.co/TkU1rJCfb1
Watch: Storm chasers capture incredible video of two simultaneous tornadoes in Nebraska http://t.co/Vdml4MU44M http://t.co/FtY0GoLxnR
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Idiot smiling as 2 tornadoes destroy homes, killing people in Nebraska. via @BrandonIveyWX http://t.co/QjhHQaBhsX
MAJOR damage in Pilger, Nebraska with two tornadoes on ground at same time. Search and rescue mode http://t.co/iJWIwCkS6x
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Beneficial for drought, wildfire containment

Strong thunderstorms pose many threats to those in their paths, but the rain will also be beneficial to areas experiencing drought conditions.

In northeastern Louisiana, the city of Monroe has received only 1.83 inches of rain since Oct. 1. Rainfall would normally total almost 9 inches during that time.

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