PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

December 21, 2013

WEATHER ALERT — Tornado watch, wind advisory in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday


The Port Arthur News

— A tornado watch and a wind advisory are in effect for southeast Texas and portions of southwest Louisiana until 6 p.m. Saturday.

Large difference in pressure are separating the Bermuda high pressure system from a cold front across Texas; strong and gusty southerly winds are the result, according to the National Weather Service-Lake Charles. Winds will decrease while shifting northward with the passage of the Texas cold front this afternoon.

• Timing — Strong winds will develop by mid-morning and continue through late afternoon.

• Winds — South 20 to 25 mph with gusts up to 35 mph possible

• Impacts — Trucks and other high profile vehicles should use caution especially on east to west oriented roads. Boaters on area lakes should also be alert to rough and dangerous chop.

A wind advisory means that sustained winds of 20 to 34 mph are expected. Winds this strong can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. Use extra caution.

Winds over local waterways could be 5 mph higher than over land. Small boats will be especially prone to capsizing.