UPDATE: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for county

by Staff reports

UPDATED at 3:18 p.m. Tuesday, May 11:

Cherokee County Alert:

Severe Thunderstorm Warning issued May 11 at 3:01PM CDT until May 11 at 4 PM CDT by NWS Shreveport LA

The National Weather Service in Shreveport has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Cherokee and surrounding counties in northeastern Texas.

* At 301 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from Lindale to near Chandler to near Bullard to near Reese to near Palestine to 7 miles northwest of Elkhart, moving east at 25 mph.

HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail.

SOURCE...Radar indicated.

IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs, siding, and trees.

* Locations impacted include Tyler, Jacksonville, Kilgore, Whitehouse, Gladewater, Rusk, Overton, Bullard, Troup, New London, Arp, Clarksville City, Ponta, New Salem, Mount Selman, Liberty City, Joinerville, Mixon, Turnertown and Reese.

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.



CHEROKEE COUNTY – Strong thunderstorms passing through Cherokee County Thursday are expected to bring not only heavy rainfall, but possibly hail and wind, according to National Weather Service reports.

According to the site, “periods of moderate to heavy rainfall will once again be possible today and tonight, which may result is some localized flash flooding. A flash flood watch has been issued for these areas, as soils are already rather saturated from previous rainfall. A few of these storms may be strong to severe as well. Damaging winds and hail would be the primary threats with this activity.”

However, it noted, dry conditions will settle in by Wednesday afternoon, remaining so through the weekend, although by Sunday night, shower and thunderstorm chances return.

A flood warning has been issued along the Neches River near Neches for Wednesday morning through Saturday night, with minor flooding forecast.

Officials remind residents to not drive cars through flooded areas, and to use caution when walking near riverbanks.