March 20th, 2012
04:47 AM ET

Rains soak southern Plains after tornado touchdown in Texas

Heavy rains threatened to inundate sections of the central and southern Plains Tuesday - a day after a suspected tornado from the same slow-moving system touched down in south-central Texas.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for sections of Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas. Severe thunderstorms are forecast across much of the same area.

By Wednesday morning, accumulations up to 10 inches of rain are expected in northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma, up to 8 inches in southwest Arkansas, with 4 to 5 inches being common across the rest of the watch area, forecasters said.

Severe weather raked the heart of Texas Monday evening, with a suspected tornado touching down near Natalia, a town of about 1,400 residents.

The Medina County, Texas, Sheriff's Office said it received more than 300 calls about damages or injuries.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    @ bobcat, looks like you left not a moment too soon!

    March 20, 2012 at 5:23 am | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    how high's the water, mama?

    two foot high and rising..

    March 20, 2012 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Is this the part of the country that needed rain so desperately last summer?

    March 20, 2012 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @banasy: good morning 🙂 we weren't west texas or anything.. it's spring.. in a month we'll be behind again with burn bans and everything..

      March 20, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Good morning, lee! 😉
      It is supposed to be in the mid 80's here has been absolutely glorious here...cooler at night, so the sleeping is good!
      And this time last yuear we were recovering from the "snowpocalypse!

      March 20, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • CenTexan©

      Hi Banasy! Yes, this is the part of Texas that desperately needed rain. We lost literally millions of trees last year due to the drought. We are hoping the cycle has finally changed and we'll return to normal rainfall.

      March 20, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar The Chorizo Chimp Of Chihuahua

    It's okay, just Texas. They love this kind of stuff.

    March 20, 2012 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Hey, CenTexan!
    I'm glad!
    I just hope the weather doesn't swing to the other extreme...but you got rain! Yay!

    March 20, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. CenTexan©

    I hope you never have to live through a tornado. Good day to you, sir.

    March 20, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CenTexan©

    Thanks last comment was meant for Cesar BTW.
    Down here it seems we either have feast or famine...too much rain or not enough.
    But, I love it here!

    March 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Superman

    @@@chrissy thats the same storm that we got in south cali. Superman will make big tempest!!! Hopefully it will calm down soon,but we had to send it your way sorry

    March 20, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Superman

    @cen texan............................ive been through 4 nados and it was intense,none the less that was the days when they had no doplar radar its scary! I know how youi people feel, i was always looking over my shoulder!

    March 20, 2012 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |