Hopefully, the scene from above won't be something that we see around Deep East Texas throughout the day and evening on Tuesday, but severe storms are expected, especially in those areas just south of Lufkin and extending towards Houston and Beaumont.
Tornado season in East Texas usually falls from March through May, but, those that have lived in the Pineywoods for a while know that the threat of tornadoes in November and December is not out of the ordinary.
Southbound lanes of US 59 near Shepherd in San Jacinto County will be closed later this evening due to flooding. Additionally, portions of Highway 7 near Center in Shelby County will be narrowed to one lane.
Heavy rain across Texas and Louisiana is creating major issues in travel. Interstate 20 between Minden and Shreveport has been a nightmare for motorists thanks to major flooding around the Dorcheat Bayou area. Numerous water rescues have been taking place there.
Heavy rain and severe storms should spread throughout the East Texas area on Tuesday. In fact, the National Weather Service has issued a Flash Flood Watch which is in effect Tuesday from 6 AM until Midnight.
On Friday, parts of north central and northeast Texas experienced rains totaling over 10 inches. Major roadways such as Interstates 45 and 35 were impassable and continue to be shut down in some areas.
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