A Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued until 8 PM for extreme East Texas. Angelina, Nacogdoches, Polk, Shelby, Houston, Newton, Sabine, Trinity, Jasper, Panola, San Augustine, and Tyler counties are included. The strongest storms will be capable of producing straight-line or microburst winds in excess of 60 MPH along with small hail. While a brief tornado cannot be ruled out the setup does not favor tornado activity.
A broken line of thunderstorms currently extend from Marshall southwest to Mount Enterprise, Grapeland, Madisonville, to College Station. A few additional storms are currently impacting the Houston area as well. Storms will move east/northeast at 45 MPH. Thunderstorms should move east out of the state within a few hours and I do expect the severe thunderstorm watch will be cancelled for the Texas counties well before the 8 PM expiration. Storms will continue to intensify and bring widespread severe weather to our neighbors east of Texas.