National Weather Service warns of flooding in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma during holiday weekend



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Bryan Brown closes the gate on cattle he and others from +C Cattle Co. corralled Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Langdon Farm Northwest of Texarkana in Bowie County. The cattle are being moved in preparation of rising flood waters from the Red River. Gary Langdon owner said he doesn't believe the predicted flooding will be as bad as the 1990 flood he and other area ranchers went through but he was moving the cattle more as a precaution. Local emergency management and other county officials are working with the U.S. Corp of Engineers to monitor river levels. (Evan Lewis/The Texarkana Gazette via AP)


NORMAN, Oklahoma — There is a chance for severe weather along the Texas-New Mexico border and heavy rainfall during the Memorial Day weekend that will likely cause flash flooding across the southern Plains, the National Weather Service said Friday.

Meteorologist John Hart at the weather service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, said the risk Friday is mostly confined to southwestern Texas and eastern New Mexico, where hail, thunderstorms and even a tornado could be possible overnight.

Hart warned of flash flooding during the holiday weekend in North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, which are still soaked from recent storms.

A forecaster in Norman said about 0.6 more inches of rain in May will break Oklahoma City's record for the wettest month ever recorded.

Weather service forecaster Matt Stalley in Fort Worth, Texas, said people camping or on the waterways should take extra care.

"There's quite a bit of danger now with the current situation. There's a lot of river and lake closures because of all the debris that's in the water that gets picked up by these floodwaters. There's additional threats for flash flooding for people that are out camping," Stalley said.

Stalley said the area west of the Interstate 35 corridor is expected to receive the heaviest rainfall amounts.

"We're looking at storms that will produce heavy rain starting to increase in coverage on Saturday afternoon and evening. And that'll last through a good portion of Sunday as well," Stalley said.

He encouraged anyone with plans to be outdoors during the weekend to have a way to get weather information, such as a weather radio.

"A lot of people overlook flooding as a weather threat, and it's actually the number-one leader in weather-related fatalities. So, it certainly can't be taken lightly."

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