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A strong storm system is now threatening to incite tornadoes in parts of Louisiana and Mississippi after dumping nearly 15 inches of rain in Louisiana on Tuesday and Wednesday, the National Weather Service informs.There is a likelihood of large hail and wind gusts of up to 70 mph in portions of Louisiana and Mississippi during Wednesday night.

Earlier, the heavy rain that fell on Tuesday and overnight caused flash floods in certain areas of Arkansas, Louisiana and eastern Texas, MSNBC reported.

According to the National Weather Service, additional rainfall is going to cause more incidents of flash flooding. The service warns that this situation is extremely dangerous as some roads are already closed because of flooding.
An apartment complex was reported to be inundated in Natchitoches, La., and the Cane River Lake that courses through the city was overflowing its banks in the downtown area.

On Wednesday, Micky Dove, Natchitoches Police Chief, announced the closure of Sibley Lake and also, stated that movement of boats through the Cane River Lake had been halted because of high water.The sewer system in Leesville, La. was reported to be back in operation on Wednesday afternoon after it was overwhelmed by storms.

Weather.com Meteorologist Chris Dole said there is a considerable threat of flood that is developing across the south-central states. Shreveport, La., Fort Smith, Ark. and Little Rock Ark., are among the cities that could face flooding, according to Dole. Barriers have been set up by the police in several swamped city streets of Little Rock.
The Weather Channel Lead Meteorologist Mark Ressler stated that the rain up to six inches was possible throughout Arkansas and Louisiana.

As per the authorities, intense winds in central Arkansas on Tuesday afternoon caused widespread damage in Morrilton. At least, one person was injured in the town after a tree fell on a house. In southeast Kansas, some bridges were closed by the officials, and in Missouri, a rural roadway was shut down following flash flooding caused by heavy rain there. Campsites in low-lying regions of Arkansas and Oklahoma were closed by the Forest Service to avoid the repeat of a tragic incident of 2010 in which 20 people were killed when the flash flood inundated a remote campsite.

On Tuesday morning, Tulsa, Okla., was shaken by strong storms with powerful thunder that it registered on seismic instruments. Many anxious residents ran up the National Weather Service to inquire whether there was an earthquake, MSNBC reported.

Updated: March 22, 2012 — 1:57 pm

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