Tornado Warning for the Katy, Texas area

UPDATE: 11:37 am

A Tornado warning Imminent tornado formation has been indicated for the Tomball, Texas area, including Kohrville.

The NWS has warned that hail of up to a quarter the size could also fall on the area.

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UPDATE: 11:10am CT

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for Katy, Texas, and Brookshire and Simonton, Texas.

A tornado has been detected on the NWS radar and pea-sized hail is possible in the area. Those in the area should take shelter and await further instructions.

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The National Weather Service has issued a tornado alert for Harris County and the surrounding region in response to a series of powerful storms that raged across southeast Texas on Tuesday.

Fueled by a winter storm that swept across north Texas Monday night, the cold front is expected to bring heavy rain, strong winds and potential tornadic activity to the Houston area this morning and afternoon. The possible formation of storm supercells that can produce tornadoes inspired the NWS to issue Tuesday’s wake alert.

“Given the strong low-level shear, a strong tornado is possible,” said a pre-watch analysis by the NWS Storm Prediction Center at 10:16 a.m. CT. “Large hail and damaging wind gusts are also possible. Therefore, a Tornado Watch is needed on the Mid/Upper Coast of TX [and] far southwest [Louisiana].”

Eric Berger of Space City Weather noted this morning that while today’s cold front is generally unlikely, it is accompanied by atmospheric conditions conducive to the formation of tornadoes and other severe weather events.

“There is a lot of instability, buoyancy and shear in the atmosphere today,” Berger wrote on Tuesday. “Many of the parameters we’re looking at for tornado activity are lighting up, particularly for areas along and south of Interstate 10. But other than that, the overall environment isn’t ideal for a tornado formation … just supportive.”

A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Katy at 10:45am, warning residents of potential quarter-size hail that could accompany storms as they move into the area.

The bulk of Tuesday’s severe weather is likely to roll through Harris County from late morning until 4 p.m., with Houston’s inner loop bearing the brunt between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. one and three inches in the area ahead of its departure.

We will continue to provide updates on the system throughout the day.


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