A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for portions of the Texas Panhandle and South Plains until 4 AM CDT. Thunderstorms are developing ahead of a cold front over parts of New Mexico. These storms will move east into Texas overnight. Some of the storms will be capable of producing large hail and gusty straight line winds.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 174
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1055 PM CDT FRI MAY 15 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE
WEST TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY NIGHT AND SATURDAY MORNING FROM 1055 PM
UNTIL 400 AM CDT.

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

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS ARE DEVELOPING AHEAD OF A COLD FRONT OVER
SOUTHEAST NM. THESE STORMS WILL TRACK NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS PARTS OF
WEST TX AND INTO PORTIONS OF THE OK PANHANDLE OVERNIGHT…WITH THE
RISK OF LARGE HAIL AND GUSTY WINDS.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES EAST
NORTHEAST OF GUYMON OKLAHOMA TO 50 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF
LUBBOCK TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE
ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU4).

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.