KETR news staff are live-blogging today's weather events in Northeast Texas.
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Weather live blog for Tues., May 21, 2013
5:52 p.m. - All severe thunderstorm warnings in the KETR service area have expired. Flooding and localized power outages remain concerns, but there is no longer immediate danger from this evening's storms.
5:15 p.m. - The following counties in Northeast Texas - some east of the KETR service area - are under a severe thunderstorm warning until 5:45 p.m.: northern Gregg, Smith, Bowie, Camp, northwestern Cass, southern Franklin, northwestern Marion, Morris, southeastern Red River, Titus, Upshur, Wood, southeastern Kaufman and Van Zandt.
5:06 p.m. - A new round of severe thunderstorm warnings have been issued for a large section of Northeast Texas, from Texarkana southwest to the area including Tyler and Canton. Complete listing of affected counties to follow in a few minutes - check National Weather Service pages (linked above) for details.
4:36 p.m. - All severe thunderstorm warnings have been canceled, but flooding remains a major concern.
4:21 p.m. - Hopkins County remains under severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m. - all other severe thunderstorm warnings in Northeast Texas have expired.
4:16 p.m. - Winds less of a menace at this point, with flooding on area highways and roads presenting the most significant public safety risk.
4:01 p.m. - Recapping current severe thunderstorm warnings - Hopkins, Delta under severe thunderstorm warning until 4:45 p.m. Lamar, northern Franklin, Red River and northwestern Titus counties under severe thunderstorm watch until 4:15 p.m.
3:52 p.m. - Northern Franklin County is under a severe thunderstorm warning. Red River and Northwestern Titus counties also under severe thunderstorm warning from this same system.
3:48 p.m. - Tree and power-line damage reported in Paris and elsewhere in Lamar County. A few power outages reported in Lamar, Fannin, Hopkins and Hunt Counties.
3:32 p.m. - Delta, Hopkins counties now under severe thunderstorm warnings until 4:45 p.m.
3:22 p.m. - Collin, Grayson counties under flood advisory until 6:15. A few power outages in Wolfe City. The good news for people in McKinney is that power has been restored to some of the city, but about 2,800 customers remain without power and Oncor advises that those customers might not have service restored until early Wednesday morning.
3:06 p.m. - Lamar County now under severe thunderstorm warning until 4:15 p.m.
3:03 p.m. - Behind the front line of this system, over 6,000 customers reported without power in McKinney. Reports of smaller outages in Van Alstyne, rural areas south of Princeton.
2:52 p.m. - Fannin, Hunt, Rockwall counties now under severe thunderstorm warning until 3:45 p.m. Severe thunderstorm warnings for Collin, northeastern Dallas, eastern Grayson counties extended until 3:45 p.m. This line moving out of the Metroplex and into Northeast Texas now.
2:43 p.m. - McKinney airport reports 68 mph wind gust; McKinney residents report downed trees, power loss.
2:38 p.m. - Paris folks, your neighbors across Red River in Choctaw Co., Okla., are under severe thunderstorm warning. As with other warnings issued earlier today, 60 mph winds possible but no mention of hail.
2:13 p.m. - North DFW suburbs and other locations west of the KETR service area reporting 60 mph winds.
1:49 p.m. - Collin County is under severe thunderstorm warning until 2:45. NWS advises 65 mph winds, though no mention of hail.
1:12 p.m. - A tornado watch is in effect for most of the KETR service area - Collin, Delta, Fannin, Hunt, Hopkins, Kaufman, Lamar, Rains, Rockwall and Van Zandt counties - until 7 p.m. Radar shows a line of storms stretching from central Oklahoma to Abilene, moving to the east.