Weather blog: Tornado watch for parts of East Texas

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Posted on November 8, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 8 at 12:40 PM

A tornado watch has been issued until 6 p.m. for several counties in North Central and Northeast Texas. A lightning strike caused a fire at a salt injection plant near Boyd in Wise County.


11:36a A tornado watch has been issued for areas in North Central Texas, Northeast Texas and South Central Texas. Freestone, Limestone, Navarro, Anderson, Delta, Henderson, Hopkins, Lamar, Leon, Rains and Van Zandt counties until 6 p.m. - WFAA

11:13a Authorities say a fire that was sparked by a lightning strike at a saltwater injection well will likely burn out in two hours. The owner of the Green Tide Water Disposal plant, which is run by Big Dig operating, is driving in from Austin. Meanwhile, seven of eight tanks continue to burn. The well was due to open for business next week. - Cynthia Vega, WFAA

10:16a Wise County officials say the property where a lightning strike sparked a well fire is owned by Green River Water Disposal. The site is a saltwater injection well where water produced during fracking is stored. The fire is contained. There were no evacuations of homes nearby. The fire marshal is on scene. - Cynthia Vega, WFAA

10a Emergency responders from Wise County say a guy who maintains a saltwater injection well that caught fire had just checked the levels at the well and was walking away when lightning struck and blew the lid right off.

No one was hurt, but the fire is still sending huge clouds of black smoke into the sky. Firefighters from Boyd and Cottondale continue to use water and foam to keep the fire controlled. Emergency responders say the liquid in the well is waste water from fracking, a combination of oil and saltwater. The oil separates and rises to the top, which is why it caught fire so quickly.

They are hoping it will burn itself out. The Wise County Sheriff's Department said the location is at FM 4590 in an unincorporated area of Boyd. They say three fire departments have been fighting the blaze. - Cynthia Vega, WFAA

9:35a The storm front is moving in right now. There are some scattered showers in and around the metro area, but nothing that strong or heavy right now. There is a stronger line of storms southwest of the Dallas-Fort Worth area around Hillsboro and Whitney. That storm is likely bringing some gusty winds around 40 mph. - Meteorologist Greg Field, WFAA

9:18a A storm moved over the area where a fire is burning at a plant just 30 minutes ago. The fire started after a lightning strike hit the area where six tanks believed to be holding spent fracking fluid sits. The fire is at a salt injection plant near Boyd in Wise County. There have been no reports of injuries. - Meteorologist Greg Field, WFAA

9:15a About five fire trucks are at the scene of a fire at a salt injection plant in Cottondale, located in Wise County. Five of six tanks, believed to be storing spent fracking fluid, can be seen burning at the scene. A berm built around the tanks was effectively keeping the fire within a confined area. A large plume of black smoke is billowing into the air over the tanks. - Cynthia Izaguirre and Gary Ultee, WFAA

8:45a Lightning has hit a salt injection plant just west of Boyd. The strike caused a fire at the saltwater disposal well at County Roads 4590 and 4591 off Texas 114. Firefighters are battling the blaze. - Cynthia Vega, WFAA

8:30a Storms have hit North Texas, with about 30 more minutes until the severe thunderstorm warning for Grayson County expires. Winds could hit up to 60 mph as the storm moves towards Mills at 8:33 am. and then hits Denison at 8:35 a.m., Joe at 8:37 a.m., Staley at 8:38 a.m., Colbert at 8:41 a.m. and Carpenters bluff at 8:45 a.m.There is also a storm in Wise County right now, with winds up to 50 mph. There is a very heavy downpour and cloud to ground lightning. - Meteorologist Greg Field, WFAA

8:05a Severe thunderstorm warning for Grayson County until 9 a.m. Storm moving northeast at 40 mph. Quarter-sized hail & 60 mph winds. - Meteorologist Colleen Coyle, WFAA

7:55a Storm intensity along the current broken squall line will likely remain below severe limits for the next few hours. However, as daytime heating gets going, instability will increase, which may lead to an increasing severe weather threat later this morning into the afternoon hours. - Meteorologist Pete Delkus, WFAA

7:27a A broken line has skipped ahead of the line of storms, with a few showers developing across the metroplex right now from D/FW to Carrollton and up into Frisco and Prosper. The broken lines of storms will continue to move eastward as we head into the later half of rush hour. There is nothing severe right now. - Meteorologist Greg Field, WFAA

6:52a We're keeping an eyes on the the line of storms as they head into the area. The strongest part of that line is in the southern area, towards Stephenville and San Saba. While nothing is severe at this time, there is still a potential. - Meteorologist Greg Field, WFAA

6:29a Showers and storms are beginning to move into the northwestern areas. We haven't seen severe storms; so, they are not quite as intense as they move in this morning. There will be some gusty winds coming with the storms. The most intense storms are in the Brownwood and San Saba area to the southwest. Temperatures right around 70 degrees, which are expected to fall off later in the day. - Meteorologist Greg Field, WFAA

6:21a The lines of shower and storms are beginning to move into the metro area, with Denton just starting to get some rain. But, the main line is still out to our west. We expect it to push into the area as we head towards 7 a.m., 8 a.m.  - Meteorologist Greg Field, WFAA

6:13a If you would like to hit the roads before the weather hits, you should leave in the next 30 to 40 minutes. - Alexa Conomos, WAAA

6:09a A strong storm has just moved into Palo Pinto County. As the storms start to move into the area, they will hopefully continue to weaken. We haven't had any severe storms in North Texas yet this morning. We're still going to have some maybe 40 to 50 mph winds, some heavy downpour in the area and possibly localized flooding.

The estimated rainfall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is about half an inch to one inch. While temperatures are expected to hit 75 degrees, it is expected to drop after the front moves into the area.  - Meteorologists Greg Fields and Colleen Coyle, WFAA

6 a Storms should hit North Texas at the height of morning rush hour. While there have been no reports of severe storms yet, they have been strong, with gusty winds and small hail reported. The strongest have been in the northwest part of the area in Montague, Bowie and Newport, with the storm moving to the northeast at about 35 to 40 mph. The storm is expected to hit Saint Jo at about 6:16 a.m., Muenster at 6:28 a.m., Gainesville at 6:45 a.m. and Callisburg at 6:59 a.m.

As we head to the 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. time period, it could make for a soggy commute. The rain will push east as we head into lunchtime. By 5 p.m., the sun should be creeping out, with temperatures at about 65 degrees.  - Meteorologist Greg Fields, WFAA

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