Southeast Texas could face severe weather Monday

Southeast Texas could face severe weather Monday

The possibility of severe weather is mainly expected in the afternoon hours.

BEAUMONT, Texas – The National Weather Service has now issued a tornado warning for parts of Tyler County while the rest of Southeast Texas remains under a tornado watch.

The National Weather Service announced the watch at approximately 1:36 PM Central Time.

We expect a day of active weather across Southeast Texas with the potential for some storms that could become strong to severe.

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The possibility of severe weather is mainly expected in the afternoon hours.

Sufficient wind speed and directional shear as well as instability should be in place mainly above the triangle thanks to the warm front and jet line.

An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out if a supercell develops to the southwest. Aside from the possibility of a tornado, we can expect a windy day with gusts up to 40 mph and plenty of rain and thunderstorms.

Full forecast | Strong storms are possible Monday in Southeast Texas

3:01 PM: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for parts of Tyler County until 3:30 p.m. in an area in the northeastern part of the county from Chester to Rockwall.

The radar indicated the possibility of a tornado on the ground, with hailstones the size of a quarter falling, according to the meteorological service.

2:57 PM: All after-school activities at Harmony Science Academy have been canceled for Monday due to the weather. Activities will resume on Tuesday.

1:36 pm: The Weather Service issued a tornado warning Monday afternoon for parts of Texas and southwest Louisiana. The watch includes Jefferson, Hardin, Orange, Tyler, Jasper, Newton, Chambers and Liberty County as well as other counties near Houston. The watch also includes most parishes in southwest Louisiana.

A few tornadoes are likely along with scattered wind gusts, possibly up to 70 mph, and scattered hailstones that may be up to 2 inches in size.

11:55 AM: Schools in Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD will launch early Monday due to potential severe weather, according to a post on Facebook by the district.

As for primary and middle schools, they will start at 1:50 pm. High school will start at 2:40 p.m. and junior high and middle school at 3 p.m

Just before 8 a.m. Monday, the National Weather Service raised the risk of severe weather in Southeast Texas from slight to high, or three out of five levels mainly in the afternoon.

Isolated tornadoes, which could have strong, damaging winds and hail, are possible, according to the weather service.

While this update does not guarantee severe weather in Southeast Texas, it does mean that conditions are becoming more suitable for the possibility of severe weather.

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What is a tornado warning?

A tornado warning is issued by local meteorologists at the NOAA office who monitor the weather in the area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it issues a warning when a tornado is reported by spotters or indicated by radar, and there is a serious threat to life and property in its path. During a tornado warning, you must act immediately to find safe shelter.

What is a tornado watch?

During a tornado watch, tornadoes are possible in and around the watch area, according to NOAA. This means that this is a good time to review your emergency plans. It is important to act quickly if a tornado warning is issued and if you notice it approaching.

What to do during a hurricane

If you're at home, make sure you quickly head to a safe room or an interior room away from windows, which could be blown away.

If you are at a workplace or school, be sure to follow tornado drill instructions and head to your shelter location. Again, stay away from windows. NOAA also advises against going into large, open rooms like a cafeteria or gym.

If you are outside, seek shelter inside a sturdy building. NOAA said to avoid barns and storage facilities.

If you are in a vehicle, it is recommended to drive to strong shelter. If you can't get to shelter, get into or leave your car and head to a low area such as a ditch.

What are the signs of a hurricane?

Some tornadoes form without any warning, so it's important to know what to look for. According to NOAA, these are the signs to look for:

  • Strong and continuous rotation at the base of the cloud.
  • Dust or debris swirls on the ground below a cloud base – sometimes tornadoes don't even have a funnel!
  • Hail or heavy rain followed by either complete calm or a rapid and intense shift in winds. Many tornadoes are enveloped in heavy rainfall and cannot be seen.
  • Day or night – a loud and continuous roar or rumble, which does not fade away in a few seconds like thunder.
  • At night – Small, bright, greenish-blue to white flashes at ground level near a thunderstorm (as opposed to the silvery lightning that shines in the clouds). These intermediate power lines are snapped by very strong winds, possibly a hurricane.
  • NIGHT – A continuous depression from the base of the cloud, illuminated or shadowed by lightning – especially if it is visually touching the ground or there is a flash of blue, green, and white energy underneath.

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