Live: Tornado Threat Increasing for Houston
An outbreak of severe weather, including tornadoes, threatens to ruin Christmas Day for families and communities across the Gulf Coast states.
AccuWeather.com meteorologists are especially concerned for the potential for loss of life with this outbreak since people may be busy with holiday activity and miss vital warnings.
An isolated tornado or two cannot be ruled out along the southern edge of the rain moving through central Mississippi and Alabama.
The main line of severe weather, including tornadoes, is beginning to take shape across southeastern Texas. That line will then press eastward through central and southern Louisiana and the southern half of Mississippi.
The danger tonight will center on eastern Louisiana, the southern half of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and southeastern Tennessee.
A more detailed overview on what communities are at risk this Christmas Day can be found in this news story. Read below for more real-time updates as the damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes unfold.
9:05 a.m. CST: Line of violent thunderstorms beginning to become better organized northwest of Houston.
8:20 a.m. CST: Nickel-sized hail reported in Palestine, Texas.
7:25 a.m. CST: A Tornado Watch has been issued for eastern Louisiana until 1 p.m. CST this afternoon. This watch box includes New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
7:22 a.m. CST: A thunderstorm capable of spawning a tornado was detected and headed toward the communities of Morse and Crowley in Louisiana.
5:25 a.m. CST: Thunderstorm wind damage reported in Cass, Texas, this morning. Power lines were blown down which resulted in a small fire on Highway 8.
5:00 a.m. CST: Severe Thunderstorms continue to develop in northern Texas. This put a severe thunderstorm warning in Bowie County, a county currently under a winter weather advisory for accumulating snow this evening.
4:18 a.m. CST: Oklahoma State Police close multiple roadways due to icing. I-35 Northbound was closed near Oklahoma City. Part of I-44 was closed because ice causing several wrecks on the Oklahoma River Bridge.
3:45 a.m. CST:: Cars reportedly were covered with ice in the Oklahoma City area, making roadways very slippery and creating dangerous traveling conditions.
3:00 a.m. CST: One-inch diameter hail was reported by law enforcement in Rusk, Texas.
3:37 a.m. CST: The severe weather outbreak officially begins with a tornado warning in Northern Acadia Parish in Louisiana. Severe thunderstorm warnings were also issued for neighboring counties.
1:40 a.m. CST: Severe Thunderstorm Watches issued for 42 counties in eastern Texas and 5 parishes in Louisiana.
1:05 a.m. CST: Thunderstorms start building and strengthening in eastern Texas, including the cities of McKinney, Jasper and Beaumont.
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