NWS Issues Hazardous Weather Outlook, Flood Warning

May 3, 2021 - The National Weather Service, Shreveport, LA issued at 12:06pm Monday, May 3, 2021 a Hazardous Weather Outlook for portions of south central Arkansas, southwest Arkansas, north central Louisiana, northwest Louisiana, east Texas and northeast Texas. Including the areas of Columbia, Union, Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, De Soto, Red River, Bienville, Jackson, Ouachita, Sabine, Natchitoches, Winn, Grant, Caldwell, La Salle, Harrison, Cherokee, Rusk, Panola, Nacogdoches, Shelby, Angelina, and San Augustine.

Monday afternoon and tonight: Strong southerly winds of 15-20 mph with gusts of 25-30 mph will be felt through early this evening. Therefore, a Lake Wind Advisory is in effect.

Tuesday through Sunday: Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible along and ahead of a cold front Tuesday morning through the late afternoon hours. Primary threats will be damaging winds, large hail, and locally heavy rainfall. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out. Pleasant weather is expected through the end of the work week, with thunderstorm chances returning for this weekend.

Spotter Information Statement: Activation of emergency management personnel...amateur radio operators...and storm spotters will be needed for Tuesday. Please relay any information about observed severe weather to the NWS while following all local, state, and CDC guidelines.

The NWS also issued at 9:08am a Flood Statement. The Flood Warning is extended for the following rivers in Texas: Attoyac Bayou Near Chireno affecting Nacogdoches, Shelby, San Augustine and Rusk Counties.

Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: A Flood Warning means that flooding is imminent or occurring. All interested parties should take necessary precautions immediately.

For more hydrologic information, visit online water.weather.gov/ahps2/index.php?wfo=shv

The Flood Warning is now in effect until early Saturday morning. The Flood Warning continues for the Attoyac Bayou Near Chireno until late Friday night. At 8:30am Monday the stage was 16.2 feet. Flood stage is 14.0 feet. Minor flooding is occurring and minor flooding is forecast.

Recent Activity: The maximum river stage in the 24 hours ending at 8:30am Monday was 17.4 feet.

Forecast: The river is expected to fall below flood stage Friday morning and continue falling to 13.7 feet Saturday morning.