The National Weather Service officials confirmed a tornado touched down to the west of Houston on Sunday, near the town of Fulshear. The tornado was embedded in a line of storms that was producing heavy rain for a few hours. Rainfall estimates were around one to three inches. Additional strong to severe thunderstorms are expected through the evening hours on Sunday across Texas.
Additional severe weather is expected on Monday from western Texas, and portions of eastern New Mexico. Large hail and damaging wind gusts will be the primary threats on Monday. A marginal risk of severe weather will also exist on Monday from Iowa, Kansas, and back into Oklahoma. Storms in this region will mainly be hail producers, but gusty winds will also be a possibility. Atmospheric dynamics across parts of southern Louisiana and Mississippi during the mid-day and afternoon hours Monday, may favor an isolated tornado or two.
On Monday, heavy rain is also a concern from southeast Texas, Louisiana, southern Mississippi, and southwestern Alabama. Heavy rainfall that has already fallen Saturday through early Sunday afternoon, will prime the area for a more substantial threat of flash flooding Monday into Tuesday.
Additional heavy rainfall from thunderstorms is expected to produce storm total accumulations generally between 4 and 7 inches through Tuesday evening. Some locally higher amounts could be possible. This will result in rapid runoff and possible flash flooding. Because of this, a flash flood watch has been issued for these areas that are expecting additional heavy rain.
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