TULSA, Oklahoma -- Severe storms are in the forecast as very strong jet stream winds from the west combine with moisture from the south over the next few days, according to News On 6 meteorologist Dick Faurot.
"A few severe storms will also be possible on Sunday, but the greater chance will likely be on Monday," Faurot said.
"That is when we expect the surface front to drift far enough north to put most of us back into the warm sector with gusty southerly winds and a more unstable atmosphere creating a more favorable environment for all modes of severe weather."
Much of northeast Oklahoma continues under flood alerts from the National Weather service. Flood warnings are in effect for Adair and Cherokee counties as the water level in the Illinois River near Watts is expected to rise to 22 feet by dawn Monday. Water levels are at 12.25 feet Sunday morning, and flood stage is 13 feet.
Flash flood watches are in effect through Monday evening for several counties including Tulsa, Wagoner, Rogers, Muskogee, Mayes, Okmulgee, Washington, Craig, and Delaware counties as widespread heavy rain continues across portions of far eastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas.
Serious flooding and high water rescues have already taken place in the northwest Arkansas counties Carroll and Madison where the heaviest rain has fallen.
Residents are cautioned that flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths, and most flood-related deaths occur in automobiles.
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