Flash flooding concerns grow in Texas, Louisiana as rainfall mounts

PHOTO: Kurt Rowland surveys the scene at the intersection of Austin Parkway and Sweetwater Blvd. in the Colony Bend neighborhood of Sugar Land, Texas, on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.PlayMark Mulligan/Houston Chronicle via AP
WATCH Tornadoes, flash flooding and hail hit the South

A powerful storm moving through the Plains and Deep South brought a second day of severe weather on Wednesday.

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There were four more reported tornadoes on Wednesday, bringing the count from this outbreak to 26 in 4 states (Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas).

The threat for severe weather will continue across parts of the Mississippi River Valley on Thursday, and some of the strong storms will reach the East Coast by Friday. However, a multi-day flash flood threat is also about to get underway in parts of the hard-hit South, including Texas and Louisiana.

PHOTO: Severe storm threat stretches from Texas to Alabama on Thursday ABC NEWS
Severe storm threat stretches from Texas to Alabama on Thursday

The threat for severe weather continues across the south today for 18 million Americans from Texas to Alabama.

A line of severe storms moving through Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama early Thursday afternoon has prompted a Tornado Watch. Severe storms will become more widespread from Corpus Christi to Houston by Thursday evening with mainly a large hail threat and possible damaging winds.

PHOTO: A cold front is bringing stormy weather from the South to Great Lakes on Thursday ABC NEWS
A cold front is bringing stormy weather from the South to Great Lakes on Thursday

The storm system will drag severe storms across the Mississippi River Valley through the day Thursday, with damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes possible from Louisiana to Tennessee.

Then, another disturbance will bring a round of severe weather to southeast Texas and Louisiana at night, with damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes possible.

However, the biggest concern for this next disturbance is torrential rain. Rainfall rates in parts of southeast Texas could exceed 2 inches per hour Thursday evening, which could cause flash flooding on saturated grounds.

PHOTO: Stormy weather moves into the Northeast on Friday ABC NEWS
Stormy weather moves into the Northeast on Friday

On Friday, strong storms with locally gusty winds will move into the Appalachians and impact parts of the Northeast. At this time, the severe threat looks to be marginal, but the forecast could change as the system evolves Thursday.

Meanwhile, yet another blast of heavy rain will move into southeast Texas and southern Louisiana Friday and bring more rainfall rates that could exceed 2 inches per hour.

Locally, 6 to 10 inches of rain is forecast through the end of the week and into the weekend across parts of southeast Texas and Louisiana. Given that some of this area -- especially near Houston -- already saw 6 to 10 inches of rain this week, there is growing concern for major flash flooding through the end of the week.

PHOTO: More rain on the way to Texas and Louisiana ABC NEWS
More rain on the way to Texas and Louisiana