Emergency officials prep for severe weather

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Emergency management officials in Oklahoma and Arkansas are preparing for possible severe weather with the potential for flooding in both states.

Lead forecaster Rich Thompson with the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Okla., said heavy rain is expected to begin Monday afternoon and that up to a half-foot could fall in southeastern Oklahoma, northeastern Texas and southwestern Arkansas by Tuesday.

Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management spokeswoman Keli Cain said Monday that officials are ready for any request for assistance in the state.

Arkansas Department of Emergency Management spokesman Tommy Jackson said his agency is preparing teams should they be needed in the state.

A flash flood watch is in effect for the eastern half of Oklahoma, western half of Arkansas and as far south as San Antonio.