Severe weather makes its way toward local area

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  • Severe weather FAQ/ Courtesy NWS
    Severe weather FAQ/ Courtesy NWS
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Hail, flooding, wind, tornadoes possible

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The Sulphur Springs area is looking at potential severe weather, according to the National Weather Service. 

Friday has showers and thunderstorms likely after noon, with a high near 73 and a low around 36. South winds may gust up to 30 mph. Between one and two inches of new precipitation may accumulate, with more accumulation possible in thunderstorm conditions as much as 4 inches. 

A flash flood warning is also in effect for Hopkins County from noon Friday through late Friday night. In flash flood conditions, two to four inches of rain could accumulate. Flooding may occur in urban and poor drainage areas, as well as creeks, streams and rivers. Specifically, the South Sulphur and Sabine rivers are in danger of overflowing their banks. 

Small hail and lightning are also possible along the I-35 corridor, according to the NWS. Severe thunderstorms will be capable of producing hail, damaging winds and tornadoes Friday afternoon and evening. A dusting of snow is also possible after temperatures drop Friday night. 

"No major travel hazards are expected given any snow that does fall will likely melt on contact or blow off the road given the windy conditions," the NWS says. 

To stay safe during downpour or flash flood conditions in Northeast Texas, the Texas Department of Public Safety recommends that citizens be alert and stay tuned to local radio or television for updates. They also ask the public not to drive across, walk through, or play in moving water as it may be deeper than it appears.

In case of a tornado, the NWS recommends to act quickly if the NWS issues a warning or if you suspect a tornado is in your area. Pick an interior room in your home on the lowest floor where there are no windows. Sheds and storage facilities are not safe.

Mobile home residents are recommended to leave their homes and move to a safe shelter, the NWS says. If a safe shelter is not available, take cover in a ditch or low-lying area and cover your head with your hands.