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Severe weekend thunderstorms could mean damaging winds, hail & tornadoes

Strong to severe thunderstorms this weekend are possible for Port Arthur and Mid-County, weather officials said.

There is a 15 percent risk in southeast Texas Saturday, according to the National Weather Service, with a marginal 5 percent risk across most of southwest, south central and central Louisiana.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Roger Erickson said damaging winds, hail and lightning are the primary risks.

The risk level rises to 30 percent for southeast Texas, southwest Louisiana and south central Louisiana on Sunday.

Officials said all of the regions have the potential for strong EF2+ tornadoes.

According to Erickson, “have a plan to take shelter if a tornado warning is issued for your area.”