A Tornado Warning for Liberty, Polk and San Jacinto counties has expired after several thunderstorms and a reported tornado moved through the area Friday.
The warning was issued shortly before 11:30 a.m. Friday and expired at 12:30 p.m.
It all started when a DPS trooper spotted a funnel cloud driving down State Highway 321 near Luce Bayou between Dayton and Tarkington, then tracked it through a very rural area as it approached Tarkington. The tornado lifted back up before it reached the town.
There's not much in the area besides forest and farmland.
As a precaution, emergency management officials sent fire crews out and they searched the entire area. No damage and no injuries were reported and officials could not locate any households that lost power.
Here's a timeline of how the system developed:
12:30 p.m. update: NWS: The rotation within storm which prompted the warning has weakened and no longer appears to be an immediate threat of producing a tornado. Therefore the warning will be allowed to expire. However gusty winds are still possible with this thunderstorm. The air mass in place also remains favorable for funnels. We will continue to monitor conditions.
12:14 p.m. update: The NWS says Doppler radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado. This storm was located 11 miles east of Cleveland, moving north at 20 mph. Locations impacted include Romayor.
11:58 a.m. update: The NWS says Doppler radar indicated two thunderstorms capable of producing a tornados. One storm between Cleveland and Tarkington Prairie and another 8 miles west northwest of Dayton moving north at 20 mph.
Locations impacted include Cleveland, Plum Grove, Kenefick, North Cleveland, Romayor and Tarkington Prairie.
11:52 a.m. update: Doppler radar also indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Hardin and moving north at 20 mph. Locations impacted include Hardin and Moss Hill.
11:41 a.m. update: The NWS says Doppler radar indicated four different thunderstorms capable of producing a tornado. One storm was four miles northeast of Plum Grove, a second was 10 miles west of Dayton, a third was eight miles south of Cleveland and a fourth was seven miles east of Cleveland.
All cells were moving north northeast at 20 mph. Locations impacted included Cleveland, Plum Grove, Kenefick, North Cleveland, Romayor and Tarkington Prairie.
11:27 a.m.: The NWS says trained weather spotters reported a tornado near Shepherd, or 11 miles northeast of Cleveland.
NWS Precautionary/Preparedness Actions: Take cover now. Move to a basement or an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If in a mobile home or outdoors, move to the closest substantial shelter and protect
yourself from flying debris.