The counties shaded in purple are under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 9 pm Thursday.
Our latest run of our high resolution Futurecast model has the line of storms entering the Lufkin and Nacogdoches areas around 10 pm Thursday.
EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -
A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued for Cherokee and Rusk counties in Deep East Texas through 9 pm this evening. At this time, only those two counties in our KTRE viewing area are under the watch.
We will be keeping a watchful eye to the skies and on the radar this evening as a complex of storms will be rolling in from North Texas.
The main threat with this line of strong to severe storms will be damaging winds in excess of 50 mph. Any time we are dealing with a linear orientation of storms racing through our area, high winds are usually our main threat. The threat for tornadoes and large hail is very low, but not entirely out of the question. Even though we will see heavy downpours, flooding will not be an issue due to the fast motion of this squall line.
In regards to timing, it does appear that Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and the Highway 59 corridor will see these storms rumble in around 10 pm. That means areas around Crockett and Alto will see them around 9pm, with areas from Woodville to Jasper then getting in on the storms after midnight.
If there is any good news, it is that this line of storms will be in a weakening state as it moves into more stable air.
With a chance for severe weather tonight, make sure you download our FREE KTRE weather app. If you don't have a smart phone, you can sign up for our FREE ThunderCall service. Both of these features will alert you to severe weather the instant a severe weather warning is issued where you live. Even if you do not receive bad weather in your neighborhood, having one or both of these products will be useful for future severe weather outbreaks later on in the fall season.