Drought-stricken areas of Texas and Oklahoma will see much-needed rain today, though it may come at the cost of damaging thunderstorms. AccuWeather.com meteorologist Bill Deger reports that atmospheric energy responsible for these storms comes from the same system that brought rain to southern California yesterday.
Showers and storms are expected to stretch from Texas into Oklahoma throughout the day. The primary threats from the storms include flooding downpours, lightning, possible wind damage and pelting hail. An isolated tornado, though unlikely, cannot be ruled out.
"The drenching rain will be the greatest hazard with this storm," AccuWeather.com Meteorologist Matt Alto said in the article.
The slow-moving storm is expected to deliver rainfall totals of up to 2 inches, mainly along a corridor extending from San Antonio to Tulsa:
Areas affected by both showers and storms could see a total of 4 inches of rain. While heavy rain can easily cause minor flooding in urbanized locations, the low water levels caused by the last year’s extensive drought make it unlikely for river or stream flooding.
The prolonged rain is good news for Lone Star residents still impacted from the severe drought. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, more than 62 percent of Texas is still classified as being in a 'severe' or 'exceptional' drought.
The recent Texas drought made its mark as the worst drought in the state’s history and led to the largest one-year decline in the state’s cow herds.