Flooding rains becoming more likely in East Texas this week

Flooding rains becoming more likely in East Texas this week

EAST TEXAS (KTRE) - The wet and rainy weather associated with Tropical Storm Harvey will continue for days to come, which means our risk for flooding is looking likely for much of our KTRE viewing area.

The persistent, steady rains that are expected to continue for much of next week has already prompted Flash Flood Watches for all of our counties, with the exception of Rusk, until at least early next week.  It is possible this watch may be extended through next Thursday and Friday, depending upon how long these rain bands will rotate up through our part of the state.

The latest track of Harvey has his circulation moving in our general direction by late Wednesday and sticking around through Thursday before finally lifting into northeast Texas or Louisiana by the end of the week.

Due to Harvey nudging in our direction, flooding rains will be more prominent as we get into the Tuesday through Thursday time frame.  We may see flooding issues later today around Livingston, Woodville, and Jasper, but more widespread flooding looks to be more common by next week when more rain falls on saturated grounds.

Rainfall amounts will be averaging around eight-to-twelve inches for Lufkin, Nacogdoches, and a good majority of Deep East Texas.  However, areas along the Trinity River, including Livingston, Woodville, Jasper, Burkeville, and Newton areas could see around fifteen-to-eighteen inches of rain by next Thursday.

It should be noted that in addition to the heavy rain and flood threat, isolated tornadoes will also be possible, especially in these feeder bands that rotate in our direction.  Typically, these tropical funnels are short-lived and do not last long; however, they can do some damage in a small area if one were to touch down.

Please continue to stay with us and remain up-to-date on our weather situation as it evolves throughout the next few days.  If you need update on road conditions throughout the state, go to drivetexas.org.

Finally, make sure you have our FREE KTRE First Alert weather app. downloaded on your phone.  This is a great way to get video updates on Harvey, check the interactive radar, and also receive important severe weather alerts where you live.

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