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Dangerous Storms Target Western Gulf Coast

UPDATED 6:15 PM CST, November 5, 2012

UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Seth Carrier

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Skies will be rumbling along the Interstate 10 corridor of southern Louisiana and eastern Texas this evening as a storm system builds across the Gulf of Mexico. Gusty winds and hail will be possible from Houston to New Orleans.

The storm system is part of the same area of low pressure that is expected to pummel the Northeast on Wednesday and Thursday. It will slide through the northern Gulf of Mexico today, bringing warm Gulf air into the Deep South. Cooler air wrapping behind the low will clash with the warmer air mass. This will lead to thunderstorm development this evening.

Severe Thunderstorm Watches are in effect for southeastern Texas and southern Louisiana until early Tuesday morning. The cities of Houston and College Station, Texas, and New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles, La., are all included.

The strongest storms will develop across southeastern Texas, moving through Houston and Beaumont before crossing into the Louisiana Bayous. By evening, thunderstorms will rumble toward Baton Rouge and New Orleans, making the evening commute along Interstates 10 and 12 a bit difficult. Threats from today`s storms include gusty winds, which could top out between 60 and 70 mph, and hail of quarter to golf ball sized hail.

While a few showers and thunderstorms are possible on Tuesday as the low crosses northern Florida, it will strengthen after turning northward along the Eastern Seaboard. Heavy rain and gusty winds are likely from the already storm-ravaged Northeast Wednesday into Thursday.

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