A tornado outbreak is hitting the United States right now. Violent storms have already been produced, and multiple warnings from the National Weather Service have been issued. Through the early afternoon, the center of the outbreak is between Kansas and Missouri.

While most of the activity today has been into states north of Louisiana, the stretch of volatile weather extends south into the Ark-La-Tex. The conditions for severe weather will remain in our region through the weekend. In fact, the National Weather Service has posted a "Hazardous Weather Outlook" for the Shreveport/Bossier City area. This statement says:

"Severe weather chances will return to the region today and continue
into the weekend. All modes of severe weather will be possible,
along with a threat for flash flooding resulting from training heavy
rainfall in a few locations.

Severe weather chances will linger through the weekend. The greatest
chance for widespread severe weather will be Sunday, with all modes
of severe weather being possible. Additionally, 3-5 inches of
rainfall will be possible through the middle of the new workweek,
which could result in additional flooding and flash flooding given
recent rainfall."

Currently, the majority of East Texas is covered under a Tornado Watch, but that Watch does not extend past the Texas and Louisiana border. It is currently set to expire at 6pm on Friday night.

At the time of this writing, the National Weather Service has posted over 40 reports of tornadoes associated with these storms.

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