Intense storms across the Plains and Midwest has resulted in widespread, serious flooding in many areas of the central US, notably Arkansas and Oklahoma states, as of Wednesday, May 29, and Thursday, May 30. Large areas of northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas, along with the Arkansas River, have been particularly affected. The US National Weather Service (NWS) has warned that the flooding is "an extremely dangerous and life threatening situation" and at least one associated death has been confirmed. Infrastructure damage is possible and road closures have been reported; US highways and interstates are also at risk of being inundated. Further flooding and associated disruptions and damage are expected in the coming days.
The NWS also issued flood and flash flood warnings on Thursday for other parts of the Midwest, including eastern Kansas, northern Missouri, and eastern Iowa, including the Quad Cities. Further flooding in these regions and downstream areas are likely in the coming days.
Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate power, telecommunication, and transportation disruptions, including adverse driving conditions and road closures, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Remember that running water can be dangerous - 15 cm (6 in) is enough to knock over an adult.
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