FIRST ALERT WEATHER: Severe thunderstorms possible in southern part of East Texas

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Despite the sunshine and pleasant weather today, there is a small potential for a few strong-to-severe thunderstorms to clip the southern parts of East Texas this evening.

The areas that are most at risk to see a strong storm or two will be for areas mainly along and south of a Hemphill to Woodville line.  This includes the cities and communities of Zavalla, Lake Sam Rayburn, Colmesneil, Woodville, Jasper, and Newton.

It should be noted that it is a small threat, but one which needs to be watched closely.

The best time frame to see a storm enter this area will be until 11 p.m.

The best dynamics and severe weather threat this evening will be for areas down along the Texas coast and over into Louisiana.

Once this threat passes, the area will be in the clear for the overnight hours.

On Sunday, winds will really get cranking across all of Deep East Texas. Westerly winds are being forecast at 20 to 25 miles-per-hour, with gusts approaching 40 miles per hour.

It would be wise to tie up any loose items that can easily be tossed around by these tropical-storm force wind gusts. This includes patio furniture, trash cans and pool side umbrellas, to name a few.

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