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E. Texas remains under a moderate risk for severe weather

EAST TEXAS (KLTV) -

After the events of yesterday in Moore, OK, we want to first of all say that our prayers continue to be sent to those who died or were injured by that monster tornado.

As we begin to really heat up this afternoon, isolated thunderstorms are likely to form out ahead of a cold front. There is a good chance that some of these storms will become severe very quickly, and with these super cell thunderstorms, isolated tornadoes are possible. We will monitor these individual storms very closely because of the rapid intensification. Movement of these storms will be more than likely toward the northeast. Please be alert to these storms this afternoon. Large hail, gusty winds near 70 mph along with lightning and very heavy rainfall are possible.

Now, later this evening, as the cold front races through East Texas...a solid line of thunderstorms is likely to move through our area, from west to east. This line will likely have thunderstorms that will produce very strong winds of 60-70 mph in the stronger storms within the line, along with hail, lightning and heavy rainfall. Isolated tornadoes will be possible with these storms, but less likely than earlier in the day. After the line of storms moves through this evening and tonight, the threat for severe weather will diminish or even end.

A Tornado Watch is currently in effect for the western sections of East Texas until 7 PM. The counties affected are Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt, Kaufman, Rains, Hunt, Delta and Hopkins. Another Tornado Watch will likely be needed later this afternoon for the rest of East Texas...Please remain alert to rapidly changing weather conditions.

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