Large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes move through North East Texas
Thunderstorms began making their way into North East Texas on Thursday afternoon, from the west. These storms became severe quickly, producing hail the size of baseballs, winds gusting over 100 mph, and a few reports of tornadoes. The risk for severe thunderstorms, possibly producing tornadoes, will continue overnight. Tornadoes were detected near Harts Bluff at 10 pm, Talco at 9:51 pm, and Mount Vernon at 9:45 pm. These storms, moving to the east around 50 mph, will continue to move to the east overnight.
Property damage will be likely in the line of these storms, as large hail, very gusty winds, and heavy rain continue over the area. Widespread power outages have already been reported.
It is warm. It is windy. It is spring - all in all, not a bad combination. However, when a cold front is forecast to move through an area that is warm, very unstable and during the Spring, chances for isolated thunderstorms are good. Chances for isolated strong/severe thunderstorms are good as well.
The Storm Prediction Center has East Texas under a Slight Risk for severe weather through 7:00 am Friday.
A tornado watch is in effect for much of East Texas until 4 am Friday. A tornado watch means that severe thunderstorms are likely in the watch area, with some of those storms having the potential to spawn an isolated tornado or two. Please stay alert to rapidly changing weather conditions. These storms should move quickly toward the northeast and east as they make their way through East Texas. There may only be a few moments for you to prepare for the storms, so please stay ahead of them by staying up to date on Facebook, Twitter and by using our StormTracker 7 ThunderCall. Use any means possible to keep you and your family safe!
As was the case last Friday, please have all of your batteries charged up just in case we lose power, so that you will be able to stay informed on all of the weather information that you need.
At this time, it appears that most of the storms should be over the northeast sections of East Texas. The Tyler, Longview and Jacksonville areas should be in the clear after that, if not before.
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