A Tornado Watch has been issued for Houston as severe storms move from Texas to the Gulf Coast

A Tornado Watch has been issued for Houston as severe storms move from Texas to the Gulf Coast

Houston – Severe thunderstorms are expected from southeast Texas into parts of the lower Mississippi Valley and central Gulf Coast states on Sunday. Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes are all potential threats from these storms.

NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch until 3 PM CST for southeast Texas, including Houston, where some tornadoes, as well as large hail and damaging winds, are possible.

A severe thunderstorm warning has already been issued Sunday morning until 11 a.m. CST for parts of central and east Texas, including College Station and Lufkin. Another severe thunderstorm warning has been issued until 1 p.m. CST for parts of far southern Arkansas, northern Louisiana and far eastern Texas, including Monroe and Shreveport, Louisiana.

It comes as rain continues into the weekend in the Southeast, with three straight days of rain falling Saturday evening, which could benefit drought-stricken states in the region but create some flash flooding problems.

What was a pleasant stretch of weather across the region last week has now reversed course as moist air is pulled north from the Gulf of Mexico and interacts with the post-storm cold front that produced tornadoes Thursday in the Midwest.

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Severe weather and floods threaten the south

A more effective system will operate across the south on Sunday and Monday, bringing frequent heavy rain, severe thunderstorms and possible flash flooding.

The severe weather threat on Sunday is expected to extend from southeast Texas into Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and far western Georgia. This includes cities such as Houston, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge in Louisiana, Mobile in Alabama, and Jackson in Mississippi.

Large hail, damaging wind gusts, and tornadoes are possible, as storms rage throughout the day and into the night. The greatest tornado threat is located in the red shaded areas on the map below.

Storms were already rolling in early Sunday across parts of Texas, packing hail and strong winds.

The National Weather Service office in San Angelo, Texas, reported wind gusts over 50 mph early Sunday with hailstones about a half-inch in diameter.

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Additionally, a flash flood threat will be created in a corridor from Louisiana to Georgia, the Fox Forecast Center said.

An average of 3 to 5 inches of rain is expected in the greater Atlanta area between Sunday and Monday.

“A lot of this will be concentrated, not just near the Gulf Coast itself, but in the central and northern parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia,” said FOX Weather meteorologist Craig Herrera. “So, those of you who have kind of been involved in the work, but not the heavy work, you’ll start to see that.”

Flood warnings continue through Sunday for several rivers in Texas, including the Angelina River near Lufkin, where minor flooding is expected. The river was 164 feet on Saturday. Flood stage is 161 feet, and the river is expected to crest at 165 feet early Monday morning.

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Heavy rain led to isolated flooding in Madisonville, north of Houston, on Sunday.

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Mardi Gras could be windy late Sunday

It’s Sunday into Sunday night when revelers around New Orleans will need to pay more attention to the weather, with widespread thunderstorms possible Sunday afternoon and evening, potentially becoming severe overnight Sunday.

In addition to frequent lightning, these storms can produce damaging wind gusts of up to 60 mph, and a few isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out.

Rainfall tapers off Monday morning, and conditions dry out, though it will remain relatively cool through a fat Tuesday.

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The weather will likely be more severe across the Southeast on Monday.

The Fox Forecast Center said clusters of organized thunderstorms, capable of causing wind damage and some tornadoes, are expected in parts of Alabama, Georgia, northern Florida and the Carolinas.

While conditions will slowly dry out across Texas and Louisiana before the new work week begins, a slow-moving storm system will continue to produce steady rain across much of the Southeast on Monday.

Places like Charlotte, North Carolina, and Atlanta are looking forward to a rainy return to action during Monday’s drive.

This could pose a problem in areas with wet soil from central Mississippi to northern Georgia that have seen more than 6 inches of rain in the past month. The Fox Forecast Center said repeated rounds of tracking rain along and ahead of the cold front could lead to flash flooding.

The arrival of the rare “super” El Nino phenomenon, but the beginning of the rapid collapse with the release of the “La Nina” watch.

The area will dry out starting Tuesday for a few days before rain likely returns for a third weekend in a row.

A possible tornado hits Arkansas on Friday

A possible tornado was reported near Sardis, Arkansas, on Friday evening. Local storm reports indicated several trees were uprooted, and hailstones up to 2.5 inches in diameter were reported in some nearby areas.

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