EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - Severe weather is a possibility for all of East Texas today including Smith County. According to the National Weather Service, there is the possibility of hail, damaging winds and heavy rain, and a slight possibility of tornadoes for Smith County.
As statutory Emergency Management Director for Smith County, Judge Joel Baker advises all citizens to closely monitor weather conditions as they can change rapidly. Heed any watches and warnings.
"I strongly encourage citizens to ensure that they have an emergency plan for themselves and their families," said Judge Baker.
There are a number of free tools in the event of severe weather. One such tool is the Red Cross Tornado App which is available for iPhone and Android devices at: http://www.redcross.org/mobile-apps/tornado-app. Also, emergency precautions can be found at the website of the Texas Severe Storms Association, www.tessa.org/.
The Smith County Office of Emergency Management is closely monitoring weather conditions and is prepared for a weather emergency, if necessary.
"Our concern is always for the safety and well-being of the citizens of Smith County."
UPDATE: EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - Showers and thunderstorms are likely across East Texas this afternoon and tonight. Some storms could be severe with the possibility of a few tornadoes, large hail, damaging winds and heavy rainfall.
A Tornado Watch is in effect for Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt, Rains and Hopkins counties until 7:00 p.m. Another Tornado Watch covers the rest of East Texas until 10:00 p.m. The rain will move to the east overnight leaving partly cloudy skies through the weekend.
There will be a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms Friday. High temperatures will range from the mid 80s Wednesday to the high 80s and low 90s from Thursday through the weekend. Lows will be in the mid to high 60s. Winds will be from the south 10 to 15 mph.
EAST TEXAS (KYTX) - We are under a moderate risk for severe weather this afternoon into the evening. That includes the potential of tornadoes. Watches will more than likely be issued later this morning.
There is a 60% chance of rain and strong to severe thunderstorms this afternoon and tonight.
Hail, high winds, heavy rain and isolated tornadoes are possible this afternoon and evening.
The high today is expected to be 87. Low tonight drops to 67.
Quiet and calm tomorrow. High of 86.
Again, today be mindful of the potential for severe weather later today.