(NEW YORK) -- Millions of Americans in the Great Plains are bracing for more rain and severe weather after being battered for days by powerful storms that are being blamed for several deaths.
Flash flood watches and warnings are in effect Thursday for parts of Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas, the latter of which has already been devastated by flooding. In fact, it's the worst flooding the Lone Star State has seen since 2007, according to Jesse Moore, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas.
"We've been in a drought here for the last five or six years and now we're getting a lot of rain, which you know everybody was praying for rain. But, at this point, I think almost all of us are saying ok we've had enough. We can use a dry period," Moore says.
But it will be a while before that dry period can begin
"We're looking at 2 to 4 inches across the area," Moore notes. "We have several rounds of thunderstorms, with the biggest round expected to occur over the weekend."
He says a number of rivers in Texas are near or over flood levels and will stay that way through the weekend.
"The Trinity and the Brazos rivers are the ones that are major concerns. There's of course flooding also on the Sabine River up in northeast Texas, and of course some flooding along the Red River as well," Moore says.
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