To say that the stormy weather in East Texas has worn out its welcome would be a major understatement.

Yet...Here We Go Again

The Storm Prediction Center has extended an existing Severe Thunderstorm Storm Watch to include Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties.

Storm Prediction Center
Storm Prediction Center

A line of strong to severe thunderstorms continues to push east and southeastward through the ArkLaTex and the Interstate 20 corridor from Terrell, Texas to Shreveport, Louisiana.

The primary threats from these storms are damaging winds that could gust to 70 mph along with periods of hail with stones up to 2 inches in diameter. The tornado threat remains low, however, severe storms have been known to spin up a surprise twister or two.

An inch or more of rain could fall in the heavier downpours. That usually isn't enough to cause widespread flooding but given the extreme saturation level of the ground in East Texas, some isolated incidences of flash flooding may occur.

The Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect until midnight tonight, however, if the storms hold together, that watch may be extended in time as well as geographically to the south and east. If the storms continue to develop towards the west, watches may needed for Trinity or Houston Counties.

A Severe Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for 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. Severe thunderstorms can and occasionally do produce tornadoes.

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