Just wanted to share a bit of information regarding the threat of Severe Weather for this afternoon and evening.
Listening to the NWS Briefing at 10 a.m. they wanted to emphasize to everyone that the main line of severe weather is likely to move through Rusk County around midnight, (in the dark), give or take.
There is a possibility of isolated, strong thunder storms developing as early as this afternoon, out ahead of the main line and continuing until the main line passes through the area sometime around midnight.
There is a chance for EF2 or stronger tornados and thunderstorm winds in excess of 58 mph. The main risk of hail will be a little west of us but we could still see some large hail with these isolated, stronger, storms.
The timing of all this is not exact and can and probably will vary.
The main point is that there is the possibility of Tornados, Hail, and High Winds from anytime this afternoon, through the night time hours until midnight and after.
We will probably have a Skywarn net up on the 146.780 repeater beginning this afternoon when the first cells develop and continue into the night time hours until the threat passes.
Our backup, (should the 146.780 repeater lose power or go down), will be the ETECS repeater at the Hospital, 147.040+, Tone 136.5, so you may want to get that programmed into your radios if it isn’t already.
Should we have issues with the ETECS repeater or if it’s busy we’ll revert to simplex, 146.520.
Remember, when the Skywarn net is up, only report substantial information.
No need to report light winds and light rain, and if you get out mobile, be smart and don’t put yourself in danger, especially at night when you can’t see well.
Stay alert! Keep an eye and ear on the weather this afternoon and this evening!
From: Pike,James (DSHS) [mailto:James.Pike@...]
Most of North East Texas is now in Enhanced Risk Area for Severe Weather today, that includes Rusk County.
All modes of severe weather will be in play and that includes large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. Lesser impacts include heavy rainfall and flash flooding.
Rusk County EMC
The potential for severe weather will increase as we move ahead to Friday as a powerful storm system will sweep across the region late Friday afternoon through Friday night. Severe thunderstorms will be possible as a cold front advances eastward with almost all of the region covered by an Enhanced or Slight Risk. All modes of severe weather will be in play and that includes large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes. Lesser impacts include heavy rainfall and flash flooding.