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More flooding possible with rain likely again in Oklahoma

Another round of scattered showers and thunderstorms that produce locally heavy rainfall is likely to affect Oklahoma today, according to the National Weather Service.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: July 7, 2010 at 6:42 am •  Published: July 7, 2010

The wet weather isn't going anywhere for awhile.

More widespread scattered showers and thunderstorms are possible in Oklahoma today, and localized flooding could plague the areas that receive the most rain, according to the National Weather Service.

Most of the western two thirds of Oklahoma is affected by a flood watch issued by the weather service for today. Locally heavy rain is likely to produce flooding in low-lying areas, near creeks and rivers and in areas already saturated by rainfall.

Some of the heaviest rain of the week could come Thursday night and Friday morning, when even more Gulf moisture is expected to reach Oklahoma, forecasters said.

Few of the storms today are expected to be severe, but there should be enough instability in the atmosphere for some thunderstorms to form and produce strong straight-line winds and possibly hail, according to the weather service.

The rain Tuesday set a new record in Oklahoma City. The weather service station at Will Rogers World Airport recorded 1.93 inches of rain, breaking the July 6 record of 1.84 inches in 1929.

Oklahoma City-area forecast

- Today: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1 p.m. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy. High near 87. East-southeast winds 7 to 10 mph.

- Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy. Low around 72. East-northeast winds 3 to 9 mph.

- Thursday: Occasional rain and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 83. Northeast winds 5 to 8 mph.

- Thursday night: Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy. Low around 71. Northeast winds 6 to 9 mph.