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DALLAS (AP) — Investigators in north Texas are trying to determine if some heavy rain that had damaged train tracks in the area was responsible for the derailment of a 17-car freight train early today.

Strong storms that spawned several tornadoes dumped rain on the region overnight, flooding roads. It was the second straight night of storms.

Forecasters have warned that conditions are ripe for even stronger storms today and tomorrow, in a region extending from western Kansas to Texas.

In Nebraska, Gov. Pete Rickets declared a state of emergency as workers struggled to rescue people from floodwaters in the southeastern corner of the state. It received nearly a foot of rain.

The storms in Texas and the Plains are connected to a massive weather system that has been rolling through California, sending an unstable air mass over the Rockies. For the second year in a row, Denver is bracing for the possibility of snow on Mother's Day. And a half-foot or more is predicted for Cheyenne, Wyoming.

To the east, a tropical storm warning is in effect for parts of the Carolinas, well ahead of the June first start of the hurricane season. A slow-moving storm is sitting about 180 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

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060-a-13-(Corey Meade, meteorologist, NOAA / National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview Thursday)-"Oklahoma into Texas"-Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Corey Meade says there's a risk for strong tornadoes in the Plains over the coming days. (8 May 2015)

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061-a-07-(Corey Meade, meteorologist, NOAA / National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center, in AP interview Thursady)-"and damaging winds"-Storm Prediction Center meteorologist Corey Meade says severe weather will persist in the Plains through the weekend. (8 May 2015)

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APPHOTO NELIN112: Brandon Houts walks from his house through floodwater to get supplies from a friend Thursday, May 7, 2015, in De Witt, Neb. Communities in several southern Plains states set to work cleaning up Thursday after a night of storms that spawned tornadoes, assessing the damage under sunny skies but with the threat of even worse weather on the horizon. (Matt Ryerson/The Journal-Star via AP) (7 May 2015)

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APPHOTO COCOL203: Firefighters from the Colorado Springs Fire Department shovel deep hail from underneath a stranded motorist on Interstate 25, Thursday, May 7, 2015, in Colorado Springs, Colo. A storm system sweeping across the state brought heavy rain to much of Colorado's Front Range, including up to 8 inches of hail in Colorado Springs. (Jerilee Bennett/The Gazette via AP) MAGS OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT (7 May 2014)

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