Tornadoes, Flash Floods Threaten South, Midwest

A severe storm system stretching from New Orleans to Chicago is set to bring a risk of tornadoes and flash floods Thursday. The system has already produced tornadoes in Oklahoma and Arkansas that injured at least 10 people.

Flash floods were already reported in Arkansas, and flash flood watches were issued for portions of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Florida — with up to 6 inches of rain expected in isolated areas, according to NBC meteorologist Bill Karins. 

Two tornadoes were reported to have touched down in Alabama, according to an emergency management director, The Associated Press reported. Tornado watches were in effect in northern Mississippi and Alabama, as well as parts of south-central Tennessee.

Temperature was starting to drop in the northern Great Lakes region as a cold front moved in Thursday, The Weather Channel reported. The high temperatures in some areas along the Canadian border were not expected to rise out of the 20s. Snow was in the forecast for Boston on Sunday and Buffalo was expected to get some flakes on Monday, according to the NWS.

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