Prepare for tonight's storms
The threat of severe storms for this evening and tonight still exists, with the first tornado watch issued just a few minutes ago for an area stretching from the Metroplex to Paris. The watches and warnings will continue throughout the night, as the squall line forms and travels eastward.
Even without tornadoes, there is a severe threat from straight line winds, with some predicted to reach hurricane force at 80 to 100 mph.
Area schools are thankfully having early releases and rescheduling tonight's slate of ball games.
The safest thing to do is not to be out when the storms approach, unless you have to do so.
Before the storms arrive, be prepared. Charge your cell phones and laptops, make sure you have candles and flashlights, and have some drinking water available. At least one local city, Avery, will not have water if the power goes out.
The Tribune will be closely monitoring tonight's storms, so check our Facebook page for more updates.