A tornado watch has been issued for West Texas and the Permian Basin until 10 PM CT. Thunderstorm development is underway on the Texas/New Mexico border and we’ll continue to see those storms intensify as they move east. The strongest storms this afternoon may be capable of producing tennis-ball size hail, damaging wind gusts up to 70 MPH, and a few tornadoes. Storms will eventually grow into a cluster or squall line by early evening as they move east towards Northwest Texas and the Big Country. At that point the primary severe weather hazard will be damaging wind gusts of 60-70 MPH with the strongest cells.

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TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 293
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
245 PM CDT FRI JUN 12 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
FAR EASTERN NEW MEXICO
WEST TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 245 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2.5
INCHES IN DIAMETER LIKELY
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS AND A FEW SUPERCELLS CAPABLE OF
VERY LARGE HAIL AND TORNADOES EXPECTED TO FORM OVER THE TEXAS SOUTH
PLAINS AND ADJACENT FAR EASTERN NEW MEXICO LATER THIS
AFTERNOON…WITH MORE ISOLATED ACTIVITY EXTENDING SOUTH TO THE DAVIS
MOUNTAINS. THE STORMS SHOULD MERGE INTO ONE OR TWO SLOWLY-MOVING
CLUSTERS THAT PERSIST WELL INTO THE EVENING.