Lufkin, Livingston, Groveton Targeted for Severe Weather Outbreak
The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) has released its severe weather outlook for Thursday, and a large part of Southeast Texas and Deep East Texas is in harm's way.
First, The Bad News
Over the last 12 hours, the SPC has raised the severe weather threat level to 'Enhanced' for portions of the Pineywoods. There are five threat levels, Marginal, Slight, Enhanced, Moderate, and High.
Anyone in the enhanced shaded area should expect numerous severe storms to occur throughout the day on Thursday. The main threat from these dangerous storms will be tornados. Hail, strong winds, and isolated flooding may also occur.
Towns that are included in the enhanced threat region include:
Towns that are not in that target zone include:
- San Augustine
Regardless of where you live in Deep East Texas, severe storms are possible anywhere on Thursday, so be aware of any alerts issued for your region.
Here's Some Good News
In their discussion concerning the latest severe weather outlook, meteorologists at the SPC considered downgrading the threat level from 'Enhanced' to 'Slight'. One of the reasons for the consideration is that cloud coverage on Thursday is expected to minimize daytime heating, which helps to take some of the ammunition away from the formation of severe storms.
Long explanation, short -- we do not want to have extended periods of sunshine on Thursday. That would cause heating and give more fuel to the fire.
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