A Tornado Watch has been issued until 9 pm tonight for several counties in Deep East Texas. The cities of Lufkin and Nacogdoches are included in this watch.

The Tornado Watch includes Angelina, Nacogdoches, Cherokee, San Augustine, Shelby, Panola, and Rusk Counties in the Pineywoods.

According to the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, a few tornadoes are likely within the watch area, which extends well into Arkansas. A few intense tornadoes are possible (winds of 111+ mph or more).  Straight-line wind gusts to 70 mph are likely in some of the thunderstorms. Scattered incidences of golfball-sized hail are possible.

Thunderstorms have been increasing in coverage and intensity across Deep East Texas this afternoon and that is expected to continue over the watch area all the way through the evening hours

These storms will continue well ahead of a cold front that is expected to move into East Texas on Tuesday.  A squall line associated with the frontal boundary could kick off more storms in our area overnight. Severe storms could also be associated with this late-night system.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 65 statute miles
east and west of a line from 50 miles south-southwest of Longview, Texas
to 35 miles northwest of Batesville, Arkansas.

A Tornado Watch means conditions are favorable for
tornadoes and severe thunderstorms in and close to the watch
area. Persons in these areas should be on the lookout for
threatening weather conditions and listen for later statements
and possible warnings.

A Flood Watch is also in effect for much of the Pineywoods through 6 am on Tuesday.
This includes Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine, Jasper, Newton, Tyler, and Shelby Counties.

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