The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 7 p.m. for portions of East Texas.


A line of thunderstorms has been moving southward across western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma throughout the morning. As of 1 p.m., that line is now moving through northeast Texas, just north of Interstate 20.

Forecasters believe this line of thunderstorms will continue to sag southward across the watch area this afternoon. Hot and humid conditions ahead of the storms will promote a risk of locally damaging wind gusts.

The primary threats from this system include scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph and isolated hail events of 1.5 inches in diameter.

The severe thunderstorm watch area is approximately 50 statute miles north and south of a line from 40 miles southwest of Longview, Texas to 75 miles northeast of Natchitoches, Louisiana.


Deep East Texas counties in the Severe Thunderstorm Watch include Angelina, Nacogdoches, Cherokee, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby, Rusk, and Panola.

Keep in mind that 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.

A Heat Advisory continues to be in place for most of the Pineywoods. Even though this line of storms could bring cooling rain, East Texas will still experience high temperatures near 100 degrees with heat indices nearing 112.

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