Beaumont was inundated with heavy rain and winds last night, May 9, but the worst might not yet be over.
In an interview Friday, May 10, Meteorologist Donald Jones with the National Weather Service in Lake Charles, La., said Beaumont received about 4 inches of rainfall in last night’s flurry of light and sound.
“We will have the potential to see some more severe weather this afternoon,” he said. “Main threats being large hail and damaging winds.”
Jones said by 1 p.m. Friday, Beaumont will be inundated again, and area residents should heed the weather services’ flash flood watch.
“Southeast Texas did receive the highest rain totals so far,” he said. “From our radar estimation, we’re looking at upwards of eight to nine inches across parts of eastern Hardin County.”
What’s more, the National Weather Service is investigating at least two possible tornado touchdowns near Lake Charles, spawned by storms similar to those passing through Beaumont Friday and Saturday.
“We may see something similar to that happen with these next rounds of showers and thunderstorms in the area,” he said.
Wind gusts up to 30 mph were recorded in Beaumont during last night’s storm, according to Jones, who said wind could be stronger — up to 55 mph — during Friday’s storm.
“We could see some damaging winds,” he said.