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Oklahoma prepares for a soaking as heavy rain, possible floods return to state

Here comes the rain again.

After last December's floods receded, every part of Oklahoma has been drier than usual since the beginning of the year, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network.

But all that is about to change. A storm system is expected to pass through Oklahoma this week, dumping several inches of rain on parts of the state. Southeastern Oklahoma is expected to be hit especially hard, with at least 5 inches of rain in the forecast. A flash flood watch is in effect until 4 p.m. Thursday for McCurtain County.

Forecasters also predict a slight chance for tornadoes across much of central and western Oklahoma on Monday afternoon and early evening, along with chances for hail up to tennis ball size.

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Silas Allen

Silas Allen is a news reporter for The Oklahoman. He is a Missouri native and a 2008 graduate of the University of Missouri. Read more ›