Panola County and the surrounding region has been put under an "enhanced risk" Friday of severe weather, the National Weather Service said Wednesday.
The NWS has been warning of Friday's severe weather risk all this week, saying "all modes of severe weather appear to be in play with this system."
"A strong upper level storm system will approach the Four State Region from the west Friday and bring a significant severe weather outbreak to our area late Friday afternoon through early Saturday morning," the NWS said. "Tornadoes and damaging winds will be the primary threats, but large hail and isolated flash flooding will also be possible. The relative flash flooding threat will be highest north of Interstate Twenty. The severe weather threat should come to an end around daybreak Saturday as the storms move east of our area."
The region has a medium potential for tornadoes, with predicted hail around the quarter to half dollar size and maximum winds of 70 to 80 mph. The primary threats are damaging winds and tornadoes, the NWS said.
The NWS says the timing of the storm is still expected to be late Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.
The NWS says heavy rain will be moving from west to east across the region, with Panola County looking to get between 1.5 and 2 inches.
"These rainfall amounts could result in some flooding concerns, especially across our northern areas," the NWS said. "We will continue to monitor these forecast rainfall amounts as the event nears."