A tornado watch is now in effect for coastal Southeast Texas until 10 AM. Strong low level wind shear combined with an unstable airmass will provide the opportunity for supercells capable of producing tornadoes and damaging wind gusts. Some storms may have waterspouts when moving on shore. Flash Flooding is also a concern this morning.

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THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
SOUTHEAST TEXAS
COASTAL WATERS

* EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY MORNING FROM 255 AM UNTIL 1000 AM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
A COUPLE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…TORNADO THREAT APPEARS TO BE GRADUALLY INCREASING AS
ROTATING CELLS MOVE INLAND FROM THE GULF…AND ADDITIONAL STORMS
PERSIST ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF A LARGE AREA OF RAIN ALREADY INLAND.
SEE SPC MESOSCALE DISCUSSION 1905 FOR METEOROLOGICAL DETAILS.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 35 STATUTE
MILES EITHER SIDE OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES WEST OF ANGLETON TEXAS
TO 5 MILES NORTHEAST OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE
DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE
(WOUS64 KWNS WOU6).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.