The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma has issued a Tornado Watch for portions of the Pineywoods until 8 p.m.

Brandon James

The watch includes Nacogdoches, Angelina, Cherokee, Rusk, San Augustine, Sabine and Shelby Counties.  Polk, Jasper, Houston, Trinity, and Tyler Counties are not included in this watch.  Forecasters believe that a few tornadoes may develop in the watch area with a couple intense tornadoes possible as well.  Widespread damaging wind gusts of 70 mph around thunderstorms could also cause some damage in and around the watch area. Quarter to golf ball sized hail is also possible in the region.

Lufkin and Nacogdoches are on the south-western most edge of the watch area.  While severe storms are still possible in this area, the best chances of widespread severe storms are expected to happen around the Toledo Bend Reservoir region and then eastward into northern Louisiana. The Tornado Watch area is quite extensive and includes all of the Ark-La-Tex and most of Arkansas up to the Missouri border. As of 1:30 pm, a strong squall line was started to form just to the west of the watch area.

The threat of severe weather and strong storms in the Pineywoods is expected to diminish by nightfall, but another round of severe weather is expected by Friday evening in the area.

Get our free mobile app

Listen to KICKS 105 for updates and make sure that you've downloaded the free KICKS 105 app.  Also, make sure that you have enabled the weather app alerts to receive weather bulletins sent to your smartphone.

 

LOOK: The most expensive weather and climate disasters in recent decades

Stacker ranked the most expensive climate disasters by the billions since 1980 by the total cost of all damages, adjusted for inflation, based on 2021 data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The list starts with Hurricane Sally, which caused $7.3 billion in damages in 2020, and ends with a devastating 2005 hurricane that caused $170 billion in damage and killed at least 1,833 people. Keep reading to discover the 50 of the most expensive climate disasters in recent decades in the U.S.