The Latest on severe weather in the Southern Plains (all times local):

4:00 p.m.

Arkansas officials say suspected tornadoes have damaged homes, downed trees and cut power to some areas in the western part of the state.

Letter carrier James Hurtado resets a small U.S. flag into a tree stump while delivering the mail Saturday May 18, 2019 on S. 6th St. in Abilene. Strong winds decimated the area in the early morning hours. AP photo by Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News. Credit must appear./The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
Letter carrier James Hurtado resets a small U.S. flag into a tree stump while delivering the mail Saturday May 18, 2019 on S. 6th St. in Abilene. Strong winds decimated the area in the early morning hours. AP photo by Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News. Credit must appear./The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

Melody Daniel, spokeswoman for the state’s emergency management department, says fallen trees have blocked all lanes of traffic on Route 64 in northwestern Arkansas, while a possible tornado in Fort Smith has caused roof damage to “numerous” homes.

In Paris, about 600 homes as well as the county’s emergency dispatch office have lost power, but Daniel says the office has redundancies to provide dispatch services.

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Amanda Crisp rests her head on the shoulder of her husband, Julius, as they look up at a mattress hanging in a tree over their home in Abilene, Texas, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Many residents said a tornado struck in the early morning hours. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)
Amanda Crisp rests her head on the shoulder of her husband, Julius, as they look up at a mattress hanging in a tree over their home in Abilene, Texas, on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Many residents said a tornado struck in the early morning hours. (Ronald W. Erdrich/The Abilene Reporter-News via AP)

3:30 p.m.

A spate of tornadoes raked across the Southern Plains, leaving damage and causing few injuries, and parts of the region were bracing for more severe thunderstorms and possible flooding.

Tornadoes touched down Friday in Kansas and rural parts of Nebraska, tearing up trees and powerlines, and damaging some homes and farm buildings, according to the National Weather Service. More twisters destroyed at least two homes and left one person with minor injuries in southwestern Oklahoma early Saturday, KWTV television reports.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch until 8 p.m. Saturday for the western half of Arkansas. Portions of North Texas were under a tornado watch until 5 p.m. and a flash flood warning was issued in the Dallas area until 4:45 p.m.

Forecasters warned of heavy rain, lightning, pingpong ball-sized hail and flooding as a line of storms moves west to east through afternoon, covering an area from south of Killeen, Texas, to north of the Oklahoma state line.

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