Thunderstorms are underway across the western Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Permian Basin, and into the Big Country late this afternoon. Severe weather watches are in effect for the western Permian Basin where a severe thunderstorm is impacting Interstate 10 about 40 miles west of Fort Stockton. There is the possibility of a few additional severe thunderstorms through this evening with the potential for large hail and localized damaging wind gusts. An isolated tornado is possible in the Permian Basin.
The big news will be the likelihood of additional rain and storms tonight across the areas mentioned previously. The severe weather threat will die down this evening with the risk of localized flooding becoming the primary concern. With abundant moisture in place we should see high rainfall rates from storms. As we start to get the ground saturated and additional rain continues to fall we’ll start to see some flooding later tonight. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for the South Plains. The rain is good news for area lakes that need all the water they can get.