Forecaster warns of flooding during Memorial Day weekend

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Rain water collects by storage bins at a farm near England, Ark., on Monday, May 18, 2015. Forecasters have warned of flooding in Arkansas leading up the Memorial Day weekend after a series of storms battered the state. (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – The National Weather Service says there’s a slight chance for severe weather along the Texas-New Mexico border and rainfall over the Memorial Day weekend will likely cause flash flooding across the southern Plains.

Meteorologist John Hart of the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says the risk Friday is mostly confined to southwest Texas and eastern New Mexico, where hail, thunderstorms and even a tornado could be possible overnight.

Hart warned of flash flooding over the holiday weekend in North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas, which are still soaked from recent storms.

A forecaster in Norman says about 0.6 inches of rain in May will break Oklahoma City’s record for the wettest month ever recorded.

Forecaster Matt Stalley in Texas says people camping or on the waterways should take extra care.

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