Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 11 PM CDT for the western Texas Panhandle. Today doesn’t look overly impressive for severe weather but we’ll likely have some storms capable of producing golfball size hail and damaging wind gusts to 70 MPH through the evening hours. We’ll also have to watch for some flooding issues since storms will be slow movers.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 240
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
345 PM CDT FRI MAY 29 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
EASTERN NEW MEXICO
WESTERN OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE
WESTERN TEXAS INCLUDING THE WESTERN PANHANDLE

* EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 345 PM UNTIL
1100 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…INDIVIDUAL THUNDERSTORMS DEVELOPING OVER NORTHEAST NEW
MEXICO ARE EXPECTED TO MERGE INTO A LARGE COMPLEX OVER WESTERN TEXAS
LATER THIS EVENING. INITIALLY LARGE HAIL WILL BE THE MAIN SEVERE
WEATHER HAZARD WITH DAMAGING WINDS BECOMING INCREASINGLY POSSIBLE
EAST OF THE TEXAS-NEW MEXICO STATE LINE.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 5 MILES EAST NORTHEAST
OF CLAYTON NEW MEXICO TO 45 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF CANNON AFB
NEW MEXICO. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE
FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH
AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR
THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS
AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY
DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.