Flash flood watch in effect until 7 a.m.; motorists advised to stay home

Published on Sunday, 6 April 2014 14:09 - Written by

BY FAITH HARPER, 

The Tyler area is under a flash flood warning until 7 a.m. Monday and motorists are advised to stay home.

Michael Berry, meteorologist with the National Weather Service - Shreveport, said the agency is receiving reports of between four and four and a half inches of rainfall since midnight in Smith County.

There are reports of flooded roadways and neighborhoods as the rain continues to fall. Berry said he expects another two to three inches of rain before the weather system moves out of the area. Hail is possible, he said.

ONCOR spokesman Charles Hill said as of 1:30 p.m., very few outrages remained in the county. He said the largest number of people were in the dark between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. when hail fell over the county. Crews are on call and working, he said.

Some Northland cable customers are without the internet in the storm.

TxDOT spokesman Larry Krantz said if residents have to get on the roadways, they should be watchful of the level of water on the roads and of other motorists.

"If you have to drive in this situation, it is important to drive to the condition," he said. "That means, if you had to stop (suddenly), could you do it? How slow would you need to be going if something happened in front of you?"

Krantz suggests that city dwellers drive in the inside or center lanes to avoid water runoff that could make a car lose control.