Massive power outages reported; trees down on roadways; flash flood watch remains in effect
Due to the afternoon storms, Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative is reporting over 4,000 power outages.
Cooperative officials report crews are currently working to restore power as quickly and as safetly as possible. Officials encourages everyone to keep safety a priority.
Should you encounter a downed line, consider it live and dangerous. Please report all down lines and outaged to DETEC at 1 (800) 392-5986.
SWEPCO on Saturday afternoon reported more than 12,300 customers were impacted by outages in East Texas and Western Louisiana, including some in the Logansport area, rural Panola County and in the Carthage area.
Shelby County officials reported about six or seven trees were reported down on FM 2694 with county crews working with Shelbyville area officials to get the roadways cleared.
Earlier officials reported water over the roadway on FM 2026 about three miles off the highway.
In the Martinsville area there were unconfirmed reported of a tornado in the air earlier with lots of trees and branches reported down in Nacogdoches County and western Shelby County.
From the National Weather Service in Shreveport about 4:30 p.m.:
There is a risk for severe storms across much of Four State Region today and into this evening. However, the threat will increase this afternoon during peak daytime heating. Tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds, and locally heavy rainfall will be possible. The severe weather threat should diminish by late this evening.
A flash flood advisory remains in effect in the Shelby County and surrounding area until 1 a.m., Sunday, April 14. Lake wind advisory remains in effect until 7 a.m. Sunday.
Severe thunderstorms are expected this afternoon and into the evening. Large destructive ornadoes may occur across this area this afternoon and early evening. Other severe weather threats that will continue throughout the afternoon and evening hours... including very large hail, damaging winds, and locally heavy rainfall leading to flash flooding.
For Shelby County This Afternoon:
Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. High near 68. East wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
Showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Some of the storms could be severe and produce heavy rainfall. Low around 49. South wind 10 to 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.
A 20 percent chance of showers before 1 pm. Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 62. Northwest wind around 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Clear, with a low around 42. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light southwest after midnight.