A weather system is forecast to move across the southern Plains, bringing severe weather to east and north Texas, Oklahoma, and areas of Louisiana and Arkansas on Wednesday, April 17. The National Weather Service (NWS) stated there is an enhanced risk for severe storms, including damaging wind gusts, hail, isolated tornadoes, and possible flooding, in the region. Potentially affected cities includes Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin (Texas), Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), and Fort Smith (Arkansas). Transportation disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations, are possible.
Violent thunderstorms and tornadoes are common in the US from March through June, particularly in the Plains and southeastern states.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, including flight delays and cancelations, and take appropriate precautions in the event of severe weather or tornadoes.
The safest place to be in a building in the event of a tornado is in the basement or on the ground floor, or in an interior hallway or stairwell. Avoid doors and windows. If a tornado is approaching, crouch face down as low as possible to the floor and cover your head with your hands.
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