The Storm Prediction Center has issued a tornado watch until 9 PM for Northwest Texas, West Central Texas, and portions of the Big Country. Thunderstorm development is anticipated within the next 1-3 hours just east of the dryline. A few intense supercells with baseball- to softball-sized hail, 70 MPH wind gusts, and a tornado threat are expected. Storms will slowly move east through the early evening.

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THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
WESTERN OKLAHOMA
WESTERN NORTH TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 125 PM
UNTIL 900 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
A FEW TORNADOES AND A COUPLE INTENSE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
WIDESPREAD LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL
EVENTS TO 3 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH LIKELY

SUMMARY…SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE EXPECTED TO DEVELOP OVER
SOUTHWEST OK AND WESTERN NORTH TX THIS AFTERNOON…WITH MORE
ISOLATED ACTIVITY POSSIBLE IN THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE WATCH.
ANY STORM THAT FORMS WILL POSE A RISK OF VERY LARGE HAIL…DAMAGING
WINDS…AND PERHAPS TORNADOES.

THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE
MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 55 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF
MINERAL WELLS TEXAS TO 5 MILES NORTH OF ALVA OKLAHOMA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

REMEMBER…A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
TORNADOES AND 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.