Tropical storm force winds could hit eastern Texas on Thursday

On Wednesday morning, a strong cold front blew through the Pineywoods, triggering heavy storms that brought heavy showers and strong gusts of wind. Damage has been reported in parts of east Texas during some of the more severe storms. According to a post on the Lufkin Police Department Facebook page, some residents reported seeing a funnel cloud near Lufkin Town Hall around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

But now the storms have passed and the fall weather has crept in. Now it’s just fine and sunny all weekend long … isn’t it?

Well, not quite.

Thanks to a tight pressure gradient behind this cold front, very strong winds are expected over a large part of Lone Star State. The Shreveport National Weather Service expects the entire Pineywoods area to have sustained northwest winds of 10-25 mph on Thursday with gusts of up to 40 mph. These tropical storm force wind gusts could last through Thursday night.

So, yes, we can expect a fair amount of sunshine and much cooler temperatures and a lot less humidity, and there is no mention of rain during the weekend. However, you might want to secure any Halloween decorations you have in the yard, or anything else in the yard, for that matter. You can also avoid parking vehicles under trees, as such strong winds will certainly knock down large branches.

Wind gusts to 40 mph will be quite common from Austin to Houston and back to Deep East Texas. Winds gusting to 45-50 mph are expected from Tyler to Dallas. So keep the men and women who keep our electricity, cable and internet connected in your thoughts and prayers. I’m sure the next 24-36 hours will be busy for them.

Make sure to download the KICKS 105 app to receive weather alerts on your smartphone.

Here’s a look at some of the damage to Lufkin from the storm earlier today.

Storm damage to downtown Lufkin

An unconfirmed tornado briefly passed through downtown Lufkin on Wednesday, October 27, 2021. It cut power to Lufkin Town Hall and many businesses in the area were affected.

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