TYLER, TX (KLTV) - As we have been telling you over the past few days, this evening and tonight are expected to be very stormy. Most all of East Texas is now under an enhanced risk for strong to severe thunderstorms during this time period. The greatest risks remain very strong thunderstorm winds in excess of 60 mph, a hail of 1-inch or more in some areas, and an increased chance for isolated tornadoes.
These storms should begin to move into the northern sections of East Texas very late this afternoon and continue to move southward through the evening hours. We all need to prepare for these severe storms. Make sure all items are secure on the outside of your home so that they won't blow away in the stronger winds. Make sure all of your batteries are changed. Don't do any casual travel this evening or early tonight, or at least until the storms have moved through your area.
The storms should begin to enter the far northern sections of East Texas late this afternoon, around 5 p.m. The storms should move into the Tyler/Longview area between 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. They will move into the Jacksonville area between 9:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. and Nacogdoches area between 9:30 p.m. and midnight and in the Lufkin area between 10:30 p.m-1 a.m.
Please take these storms seriously. Please make sure you have downloaded the KLTV/KTRE Weather App and signed up for First Alert ThunderCall at kltv.thundercall.com.
Be safe and stay tuned.