3:58 p.m.: A tornado watch has been issued for Panola County and the surrounding northern areas through midnight Wednesday, the National Weather Service said.
The watch warns of possible tornadoes, widespread hail and widespread wind gusts.
Original Post: The National Weather Service has increased its severe weather risk outlook to "enhanced" for all of Panola County beginning Wednesday afternoon and into the evening.
A severe weather outlook issued early Wednesday afternoon warns of the potential for 60-70 mph winds, golf ball- to tennis ball-sized hail and a tornado potential described as "low."
"Storms are forecast to develop across our northwest late this afternoon/early this evening and gradually spread south and eastward during the evening an late night hours," the NWS said. "Very large hail, damaging winds and a few isolated tornadoes will be possible with these storms. Stay weather aware!"
The NWS said locally-heavy rainfall could also produce isolated flooding in some areas.
"A few thunderstorms may linger across north Louisiana and southwest Arkansas through midday Thursday before diminishing by Thursday afternoon," the NWS said. "Only isolated showers and thunderstorms are expected across portions of the region on Friday and Saturday before becoming more scattered by Sunday through early next week."