Latest Updates: Damage and Injuries Report Due to Storms
We are tracking a band of severe storms that have a history of producing wind damage and tornadoes across eastern Texas. Southern Louisiana and southern Mississippi will get hit hard by the storms today into tonight.
Wednesday, the eastern Carolinas get hit by the severe storms including the potential for tornadoes.
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.
1:43 p.m. CST: RAPIDES PARISH SHERIFF REPORTS 25-30 HOMES DAMAGED WITH NUMEROUS INJURIES. EMERGENCY PERSONNEL ARE HAVING DIFFICULTY REACHING VICTIMS DUE TO THE DAMAGE
1:12 p.m. CST: Storm Prediction Center issues a Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch for eastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi and southwest Alabama. These are issued only when the risk of large tornadoes are predicted to occur.
12:12 p.m. CST: Storm Prediction Center issued a statement that a Particularly Dangerous Situation Tornado Watch maybe issued for southern Louisiana. To see something like that on Christmas day is extremely rare. It also tells you just how dangerous these storms will be.
11:51 a.m. CST: The line of storms we are tracking is now moving into Louisiana. So far, wind damage and hail are the primary threats now that a solid line of storms has formed. Tornado threat may start again this afternoon as the storms hit an area of warm and humid air in southern Louisiana.
The Storm Prediction Center upgraded the risk across the eastern Carolina's to moderate for Wednesday. That type of risk is rare to see this time of the year.
11:26 a.m. CST: AccuWeather.com Expert Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity declares the city of Houston clear of the severe weather threat, but not its eastern suburbs.
11:23 a.m. CST: A thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado was located near Barrett, Texas, northeast of Houston. The thunderstorm was heading toward Mont Belvieu and Crosby.
9:22 a.m. CST: A tornado has reportedly destroyed a building 13 miles southeast of Crockett, Texas, which is north of Houston.
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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