The Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma has updated its guidance on tonight's anticipated severe weather outbreak. This dangerous overnight scenario is expected to impact much of east Texas, northwestern Louisiana, southeastern Oklahoma, and southwestern Arkansas.

As of 7 a.m. Thursday morning, the SPC has identified the zone where they believe the worst of the weather will be concentrated.

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Orange Shaded Area

This is level three out of five. Numerous severe storms are to be expected in this region. Damaging straight-line winds of 60+ mph, golf ball-sized (or larger) hail, and EF2-EF5 (110+ mph) tornadoes are all in the mix.

Texas cities and towns that are in this region include:

  • Texarkana
  • Marshall
  • Atlanta
  • Jefferson
  • Daingerfield
  • Waskom
  • Hallsville
  • Mt. Pleasant
  • New Boston
  • Linden

Yellow Shaded Area

Severe storms are also probable in this wide area, however, the coverage is not expected to be as widespread as in the orange region. All of the severe storm threats remain in play here, but the 'large' hail and the EF2 or stronger tornadoes are anticipated to be more around the Ark-La-Tex.

But, that doesn't mean these 'worst of the worst' storms can be ruled out for the yellow-shaded area.

Texas cities and towns that are in this region include:

  • Lufkin
  • Nacogdoches
  • Longview
  • Tyler
  • Livingston
  • Jasper
  • San Augustine
  • Crockett
  • Palestine
  • Jacksonville
  • Whitehouse
  • Gladewater
  • Carthage
  • Center
  • Henderson
  • Hemphill
  • Lindale
  • Groveton
  • Athens
  • Sulphur Springs

Dangerous Timing

Unfortunately, most of the shaded areas are expected to get severe weather late tonight. Many across East Texas will already be in bed for the night. Most injuries and fatalities from severe weather occur during overnight hours.

NWS Shreveport
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Please keep up to date with this dangerous situation by keeping local TV or radio stations on. Many of those will have automatic activation of Emergency Alert tones when threatening weather approaches. You can also keep up here with severe weather warnings when they are issued.

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