Tornadoes rake Southern Plains; more severe weather expected

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • Wesley Mantooth lifts a wooden chair out a window of the home of his father, Robert, 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)

DALLAS — 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.

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