The National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center has issued a Tornado Watch for portions of east and southeast Texas and southwestern Louisiana. The watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Thursday night.

Storm Prediction Center
Storm Prediction Center

Some of the counties in the Tornado Watch include Houston, Trinity, Polk, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton Counties.  Angelina, Nacogdoches, Sabine, Cherokee, San Augustine, and Shelby Counties are NOT included, however, persons in those counties should remain alert for severe weather.

The primary threats within the watch area include the possibility of a few tornadoes, scattered damaging wind gusts up to 70 mph are likely, and scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter are possible.

Throughout this afternoon, clusters of storms will continue to develop and spread
east-southeastward through early tonight along an outflow boundary sagging southward across east Texas.

The potential for supercells with large hail of 1-2 inches in diameter and a couple of
tornadoes will increase with new storm development south of the outflow. Otherwise, embedded supercells and bowing segments will pose a threat for damaging winds of 60-70 mph, as well as a couple of tornadoes with embedded circulations.

The tornado watch area is approximately along and 55 statute miles north and south of a line from 40 miles southwest of College Station, Texas to 5 miles east southeast of Lafayette, Louisiana.

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.

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