UPDATED SUNDAY: Shelby County among those under a tornado watch until noon Sunday

Gov. Abbott puts emergency resources on standby in anticipation of severe weather in Texas

TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 105 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 550 AM CDT SUN APR 12 2020 TORNADO WATCH 105 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1200 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS TXC001-005-041-051-073-161-183-185-203-213-225-289-293-313-347- 349-365-395-401-403-405-419-423-455-471-121700- /O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0105.200412T1050Z-200412T1700Z/ TX . TEXAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE:

 

ANDERSON ANGELINA BRAZOS BURLESON CHEROKEE FREESTONE GREGG GRIMES HARRISON HENDERSON HOUSTON LEON LIMESTONE MADISON NACOGDOCHES NAVARRO PANOLA ROBERTSON RUSK SABINE SAN AUGUSTINE SHELBY SMITH TRINITY WALKER

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TORNADO WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE FOR WT 105 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 550 AM CDT SUN APR 12 2020 TORNADO WATCH 105 IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1200 PM CDT FOR THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS TXC001-005-041-051-073-161-183-185-203-213-225-289-293-313-347- 349-365-395-401-403-405-419-423-455-471-121700- /O.NEW.KWNS.TO.A.0105.200412T1050Z-200412T1700Z/ TX . TEXAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE ANDERSON ANGELINA BRAZOS BURLESON CHEROKEE FREESTONE GREGG GRIMES HARRISON HENDERSON HOUSTON LEON LIMESTONE MADISON NACOGDOCHES NAVARRO PANOLA ROBERTSON RUSK SABINE SAN AUGUSTINE SHELBY SMITH TRINITY WALKER

 

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From Saturday afternoon:

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for portions of southwest Arkansas, northwest Louisiana, southeast Oklahoma, East Texas and Northeast Texas — including Shelby County Saturday night and Easter Sunday

Today and Tonight...
	Thunderstorms will be increasing during the late afternoon,
evening and overnight hours across the region. Some of these
storms could produce large hail initially this evening with a
damaging wind and tornado threat developing after midnight,
mainly near and south of the Interstate 30 Corridor of Northeast
Texas and near and south of the Interstate 20 Corridor of
Northwest Louisiana.
Sunday through Friday...
	The atmosphere will quickly become very volatile near and after
sunrise Sunday Morning through the early afternoon hours across
the entire Four State Region. While there will be a large hail and
damaging wind threat areawide on Sunday, there will be a
significant tornado threat through early afternoon Sunday across
Deep East Texas into all of Northern Louisiana and South Central
Arkansas.
	The thunderstorm activity should push east of the region
by late Sunday afternoon or early evening. While locally heavy
rainfall will be likely as well early on Sunday with the strongest
storms, widespread flash flooding in not anticipated at this time.
	Governor Greg Abbott on Satuday placed numerous resources on standby across the state in anticipation of severe weather expected to impact much of Texas this weekend. 

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has rostered Texas A&M Forest Service Saw Crews, Texas Parks and Wildlife Water Rescue Boats, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service Urban Search and Rescue and Swift Water Rescue Boat Squads, and Texas Department of State Health Services Ambulance Strike Teams. The Texas State Operations Center remains activated at Level II in support of the ongoing response to COVID-19.

"Texas is taking necessary precautions to keep our communities safe in the event of severe weather," said Governor Abbott. "Texans should pay attention to weather alerts and listen to the guidance of local officials to protect themselves and others." 

Texans are encouraged to follow these safety tips:

  • When severe storms threaten, the safest place to be is indoors.

  • Avoid areas already flooded and avoid any fast-flowing water.

  • Be extremely cautious of any water on roads or in creeks, streams, storm drains, or other areas – never attempt to cross flowing streams or drive across flooded roadways and always observe road barricades placed for your protection. Remember, Turn Around Don’t Drown.

  • Dangerous waters can seem deceptively calm, and if you encounter flooding, move to higher ground.

  • Keep in mind that flood dangers are even harder to recognize at night.

  • Stay informed by monitoring weather radios and news broadcasts for updated information on current and anticipated severe weather in your area. 

State agencies involved in the response effort include the Texas Division of Emergency Management, Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas Military Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas A&M Forest Service, Texas A&M Engineering and Extension Service, Texas A&M Task Force One and State Mass Care Team.

For additional safety tips related to severe weather, read more: http://ready.gov/severe-weather 

 

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