Tornado watch issued for the Golden Triangle and Southeast Texas

A tornado watch has been issued for Southeast Texas, the Piney Woods of East Texas, and the Golden Triangle. This watch features the Houston Metro, Beaumont / Port Arthur / Orange Metro, north of Lufkin and Jasper. Watch continues until 4 p.m., but we’ll have storms east of Texas shortly after lunchtime. Unlike the squall line overnight, we are starting to see discrete supercell thunderstorms setting off. The strongest discrete supercells can become tornadoes with all possible severe weather modes. We’ll also need to watch for intensifying storms in the squall line as it moves east this morning – with damaging winds and perhaps brief tornadoes also a threat.

Just a reminder – we will provide live coverage for any tornado warning this morning. This live coverage will be posted on our weather blog / mobile app if it occurs. The storms will leave Texas heading east shortly after lunchtime, when our severe weather issues will be resolved. Strong northwest winds will cause a high fire risk in the western third of Texas and southern Texas / Rio Grande Valley this afternoon. Strong northwesterly winds will continue overnight and again tomorrow.

Sorry for the short update. With a potentially tornado supercell set to move ashore just east of High Island, I think I’ll be doing live coverage shortly. Keep an eye on the sky with our interactive weather radar here.

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