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    Houston, Shreveport in Path of Late-Week Severe Storms

    By By Brian Lada, Meteorologist
    March 29, 2014, 1:56:07 AM EDT

    Thunderstorms will rumble across the South Central states into Friday night, spreading the threat of severe weather from Texas to Tennessee.

    These storms have the potential to produce not only drenching downpours and damaging winds, but also isolated tornadoes starting into Friday night.

    As of 8:41 p.m. EDT Friday, more than 10,500 Entergy Texas, Inc. customers were reported to be without power, primarily located in Walker, Trinity and San Jacinto counties, Texas.

    In Huntsville, Walker County, Texas, emergency management reported downed trees on various roads throughout the county, especially in the northern region.

    Golf ball sized hail was reported by NWS spotters in Lampasas, Williamson, and Coryell counties throughout Texas early in evening.

    According to Washington County, Miss. emergency management, golf ball sized hail was also reported on Mississippi state highway 1 and state highway 454 near Greenville as of 8:49 p.m. EDT Friday.

    Some cities in the path of the storms include Houston and Tyler, Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; Nashville and Memphis, Tenn.; Jackson and Tupelo, Miss.; and Shreveport, La.


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    According to Severe Weather Expert Dan Kottlowski, "The storms later on Friday and Friday night can reach portions of Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Kentucky, while potentially bringing a second round of severe weather to portions of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas Friday afternoon."

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    The timing of these storms can highly impact those on the roads during the evening commute, including those traveling along the I-20, I-30 and I-49 corridors.

    Heavy downpours can reduce visibility and cause water to pool on the roadways. This rises the risk of hydroplaning, making it more difficult for drivers to maintain control of their vehicles.

    Storms can also cause flight delays with gusty winds and reduced visibility, making it difficult for airplanes to take off and land. Folks already on board their plane might find themselves spending some extra time on the tarmac until the storms blow over.

    Hail as large as golf balls cannot be ruled out with some of the storms.


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    The threat of severe weather is expected to continue into the first half of the weekend as the system responsible for these thunderstorms tracks over the East.

    "Locally severe thunderstorms are possible from the central and eastern portions of the Carolinas to southern Georgia on Saturday," Kottlowski said.

    The main threat from Saturday's storms will be damaging wind gusts. However, a couple of the storms will also bring the risk of a tornado before the thunderstorms move off the coast Saturday evening.

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