Strong thunderstorms blow through East Texas, more expected tonight

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - A strong band of thunderstorms is moving across East Texas dumping rain up to an inch of rain in a short period of time in some areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood warning for Angelina County until 6:30 p.m.

There are reports from local law enforcement of flooding on Highway 69 in Huntington.

KTRE's Chief Meteorologist Brad Hlozek says you can expect heavy downpours and plenty of thunder and lightning, however, no severe weather is expected.  "Some areas will get as much as an inch of rain within just one hour's time, so motorists should watch out for water on roadways, especially low lying area and other flood prone areas.

"Here in the Storm Tracker 9 Weather Center, I've received reports of a huge tree down on Highway 7 near Tenaha as a result of a lightning strike.  Also, there are reports of trees on fire from lightning strikes near Center," Hlozek said.

Angelina County Ham Radio operator Leroy Mooney confirms reports of power outages on the north and west sides of Lufkin.

Area law enforcement is asking motorists to slow down and adjust driving to road conditions.

This system is remnants from once Tropical Storm Bonnie.  The chance of rain will remain in our local forecast through Wednesday with highs in the lower to middle 90s.

As we move towards the end of the week into the weekend, the heat will move back in and temperatures will climb close to the upper 90s and 100 degrees in a few areas.

You can track this storm using Doppler Radar and get up to the minute weather information at's Storm Tracker weather center.

Brad Hlozek will have your complete weather forecast on KTRE's East Texas News and when breaking weather happens at and KTRE-TV.

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