A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is now in effect for the Texas Panhandle and South Plains. This watch runs until 1 AM CDT. A broken line of thunderstorms along the Texas/New Mexico line will continue to move east this evening. They have the potential to become more organized and pose a threat for damaging straight line winds and occasional large hail. Thunderstorms will weaken as they push closer to the eastern Texas Panhandle late tonight.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 399
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
650 PM CDT THU JUL 9 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
CENTRAL AND WESTERN OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE
TEXAS PANHANDLE AND SOUTH PLAINS

* EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING FROM 650 PM
UNTIL 100 AM CDT.

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

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS NEAR THE NEW MEXICO/TEXAS LINE MAY BECOME
ORGANIZED INTO A GENERALLY SOUTH-NORTH BAND AND MOVE EASTWARD ACROSS
THE WATCH AREA…OFFERING SEVERE WIND AND OCCASIONAL LARGE HAIL.
THREAT SHOULD DIMINISH AS STORMS APPROACH THE EASTERN PANHANDLE
COUNTIES LATE THIS EVENING.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 65
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 15 MILES SOUTH OF
LUBBOCK TEXAS TO 25 MILES NORTHWEST OF GUYMON OKLAHOMA. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

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.