Sunday, August 3, 2008

Severe Thunderstorm Watch in Effect until 8pm

A broad trough of low pressure sitting over the north central Gulf has triggered a few strongs storms across Louisiana and portions of East Texas this afternoon.

As a result, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, has placed portions of East Texas under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 8pm this Sunday evening. This watch includes the counties highlighted in yellow for the image to your left. Counties under the watch include: Houston, Trinity, Polk, San Jacinto, Angelina, San Augustine, Sabine, Tyler, Jasper, and Newton counties.

This watch means conditions are favorable for a few strong to severe storms to pop up this afternoon across the Piney Woods.

As of 2:30 this afternoon, we have a batch of storms extending from Corrigan down towards Livingston, moving in a westerly direction at 15 to 20 mph. That means areas in and around Lake Livingston and Onalaska will be affected within the top of the hour, providing the storms hold together.

We will also be on the lookout to see if any additional storms pop this afternoon.

Otherwise, outside the few isolated storms, it will simply remain dry and very hot as we will be topping out over 100 degrees once again this afternoon.