Severe Storms, Flash Flooding Threaten Texas To Mississippi

Friday, May 10, 2013

AccuWeather.com reports thunderstorms delivering flash flooding, damaging wind gusts and hail are moving through the South on Friday.

Cities most at risk for severe weather and flash flooding throughout Friday include Houston, Texas, Shreveport, La., and Little Rock, Ark.

Short-lived tornadoes are possible with the severe weather, though a large outbreak is not expected.

Downpours and thunderstorms may stretch to parts of New Mexico and Texas to portions of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and the Florida Panhandle.

UPDATES:

11:51 a.m. CDT Friday: Storms tracking along Texas will move into southern Louisiana this afternoon.

11:35 a.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts to 60 miles per hour have been reported in Bay City, Texas.

11:17 a.m. CDT Friday: Downed trees and other wind-blown debris has been reported on Highway 60 outside of Boling-Iago, Texas.

10:58 a.m. CDT Friday: Portions of US 59 in Houston are closed due to high water levels from flash flooding.

10:55 a.m. CDT Friday: Hail and flash flooding are being reported out of Houston.

10:25 a.m. CDT Friday: The line of severe storms working its way across Texas is fast-approaching Houston, as hail just under an inch in diameter is reported just northeast of the city.

10:10 a.m. CDT Friday: Large hail reports continue in Texas as ping-pong-ball sized hailstones were reported in Lavaca County.

10:04 a.m. CDT Friday: "The nasty line of thunderstorms that slammed the New Orleans area earlier has shifted away," said AccuWeather.com meteorologist Meghan Evans. "The most violent thunderstorms are now located over the Gulf of Mexico. However, severe storms are still slamming portions of Texas. The greatest risk of torrential downpours, highs winds and hail currently stretches from just west of Houston to Victoria, Texas."

9:45 a.m. CDT Friday: Four NWS reports of large (an inch or bigger) hail have come out of east-central Texas so far this morning.

9:15 a.m. CDT Friday: Quarter-sized hail reported in Austin County, Texas.

8:49 a.m. CDT Friday: "Storms are diminishing somewhat moving toward Mobile, Ala.," said AccuWeather.com Senior Expert Meteorologist Alex Sosnowski. "However, storms are ramping up approaching Victoria and Houston, Texas, during the midday to lunchtime."

8:02 a.m. CDT Friday: Dime-sized hail was reported outside of Brainfells, Texas.

7:32 a.m. CDT Friday: Severe storms and flash flooding are currently targeting New Orleans. Click here New Orleans for local radar.

7:12 a.m. CDT Friday: Wind gusts to 53 mph were recorded at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, La.


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