Soaking rain, heavy downpours and violent thunderstorms will threaten both lives and property across a large portion of the United States this week, just in time for Halloween parties and the trick-or-treating tradition.
Residents from the Deep South to the Ohio Valley should be vigilant and remain on alert for flash flooding and sudden downpours during the middle of the week.
"For those in eastern Texas and western Louisiana, Halloween evening may be accompanied by some spooky weather in the form of strong-to-severe storms," AccuWeather Storm Warning Meteorologist Joseph Bauer said.
Storms are forecast to erupt in eastern Texas and far southwestern Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon before spreading into southeastern Texas and western Louisiana during the evening.
The storms should merge into a line Wednesday evening and impact cities such as Baton Rouge and Lake Charles, Louisiana, later Wednesday night into Thursday morning.
"Damaging wind gusts to 65 mph, hail and localized flash flooding will be the primary concerns," Bauer said. "There will also be enough energy and spin present in the atmosphere to trigger a few tornadoes."
The high wind gusts can lead to downed trees and power lines, as well as widespread power outages and home/property damage.
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1 almost full gallon size bag of tomatillos (from my garden🤗).
3 cloves of garlic, trimmed but not peeled
2 whole jalapeños (or more if you want more spice)
2 or 3 limes
1 or 2 ripe avocados
1. Preheat oven to 325F and line a baking sheet with tin foil.
2. Remove husks from tomatillos. Rinse and dry. Place on baking sheet.
3. Drizzle and coat with olive oil.
4. Add whole jalapeños and garlic to baking sheet.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes. You want the tomatillos softened, but not bursting. Jalapeños and garlic should be soft, as well.
6. Pull stems off jalapeños. Squeeze garlic from its shell.
7. Transfer everything to blender. Squeeze in lime juice and add a little salt.
8. Blend until smooth (leave the lid off a bit and cover with a towel to let the steam escape).
9. Transfer to bowl and let cool.
11. Add more salt to taste. Add diced avocado.
12. Cast a spell. Yum.
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(Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Deliliah)
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LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 27: (L-R) Rande Gerber, Cindy Crawford and George Clooney attend Casamigos & CATCH Halloween party at CATCH Las Vegas in ARIA Resort & Casino on October 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images for CATCH Las Vegas)
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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 27: G-Eazy, Stillhouse Spirits Co. Partner & Co-Creative Director, attends Stillhouse's Night of the Fallen Halloween Party Presented by Maxim Experiences & Velocity Black at Marquee Nightclub in New York City on October 27, 2018. (Photo by Cassidy Sparrow/Getty Images for Stillhouse Spirits Co.)
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Thank you @VictoriasSecret for sending us actual runway looks and real wings to borrow for the night!!! OMG a dream come true! Got to be a Victoria Secret Angel for the night! And Kendall got good practice lol
throwback VS vibe with my sisters 👼🏻 thank you for letting us steal your wings for the night @victoriassecret
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Diddy was among the star-studded crowd at the Ignite Halloween Party at Dan Bilzerian’s Bel Air Mansion.
LAS VEGAS, NV - OCTOBER 27: Cindy Crawford (L) and Rande Gerber attend Casamigos Halloween party at CATCH Las Vegas at ARIA Resort & Casino on October 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Casamigos)
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“Don’t be worried about the future. Live this moment so totally that the next moment comes out of it golden.”
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Cindy Crawford attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night.
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Olivia Munn attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night.
Happy Halloween!!!! It’s our first Halloween together!!!! She’s too cute to spook!! (Don’t judge me, I have more costumes to post lol) 🦄🐼
Kelsey Grammer and Kayte Walsh attended the “Brought To You By Those Who Drink It” Halloween party at Casamigos Co-founder Mike Meldman’s Beverly Hills home on Friday night. (Credit: Casamigos)
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I met @haileybaldwin this weekend. She wasn’t as pretty in person.
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Large hail will not only threaten to damage unprotected vehicles, plants and crops, but can also create a life-threatening situation for trick-or-treaters exposed to the full wrath of Mother Nature.
In addition, frequent lightning produced by the storms will add to the dangers for those venturing outdoors.
Seek shelter inside a building or in an enclosed vehicle as soon as thunder is heard or lightning is seen.
At the very least, waterproof shoes, umbrellas or a clear plastic poncho will likely be needed for any ghosts and goblins roaming the neighborhoods in Dallas and Houston; Shreveport, Louisiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; Memphis, Tennessee; Paducah and Lexington, Kentucky; and Cincinnati.
Roadways and sidewalks may be extra slick where the rain dampens fallen leaves.
The stormy conditions may force some communities to reschedule or cancel Halloween festivities.
Although areas farther north from Arkansas to parts of the Ohio Valley will not have to face severe storms, persistent downpours and steady, heavy rain will increase the flash flood threat into Thursday.
There can be an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 6 inches where rain falls on both Wednesday and Thursday, generally from portions of Arkansas to western Tennessee, Kentucky and southern Indiana and Ohio.
While part of this corridor has received below-normal rainfall so far in October, too much rain can fall too quickly and cause flooding issues.
“This much rainfall, despite how dry it has been in recent weeks, can lead to flash flooding when it occurs in such a short amount of time,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Rathbun said.
Not only can the heavy rainfall lead to urban and small stream flooding, but it can also cause major rivers to overflow their banks. Anybody in the midweek threat area living along the Ohio and Mississippi rivers and their tributaries should be ready to evacuate and move to higher ground if floodwaters threaten.
"Motorists traveling on portions of interstates 10, 20, 30, 40, 64 and 70 that lie within the threat zone this week should be prepared for rapidly falling roadway visibility and seek an alternate route if water covers the roadway ahead," AccuWeather Meteorologist Kyle Elliott warned.
It is impossible to judge how deep any water across a roadway is just by using eyesight alone, and it only takes 2 feet of moving water to sweep away a moving vehicle.
Download the free AccuWeather app to know exactly when rain and storms will arrive and end in your community.
Much cooler and drier air will move in across the South this weekend as the storm departs, according to Rathbun.