Cold front moves through East Texas and brings heavy rain

COURTESY/ KYTX CBS 19's Meteorologist Alberto Romero

Heavy rain has moved into the East Texas area and will continue throughout the morning as temperatures drop into the upper 50s. According to the National Weather Service, all thunderstorms and precipitation will be clear and heading East into Louisiana this afternoon. As of now, there is a potential threat for severe weather due to a cold front moving in causing 10 to 20 mph winds and drastic temperature changes. The rain will taper off throughout the afternoon and tonight will be mostly clear with a low of 47 degrees. Throughout the rest of the week, there will be a high of 60 and lows in the 40s.

(KYTX) - 8:45 a.m.- The strong winds pushed through the East Texas area ahead of the storms is causing numerous power outages throughout the area.

Swepco reports just 3,948 customers without power.

Oncor reports more than 700 customers affected by outages.

Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative reports 10,834 customers without service Crews are out, and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the morning.

There are numerous reports of traffic lights out, and motorist are reminded to come to a full stop at all intersections without working traffic signals.

UPDATE: 

(KYTX)- 11:45 p.m.- The National Weather Service says five tornadoes have ripped through the Texas Panhandle, downing power lines and damaging a Halliburton plant that was closed at the time.

National Weather Service forecaster Mike Gittinger in Amarillo said Monday night the full extent of the damage "remains sketchy." But he says none of the storms struck heavily populated areas. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

Gittinger says the five tornadoes included three reports of wedge tornadoes, including two near Pampa nearly a mile wide.

The Gray County Sheriff's Office said at least one house and several businesses sustained damage east of Pampa. A chemical leak was discovered at the Halliburton plant in Pampa. Crews deemed the complex safe to search and were evaluating it late Monday.

A tornado watch is in effect for much of North and Central Texas through 3 a.m.

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