A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Texas Panhandle until midnight. As discussed in our blog post issued just after 5 PM we expected an uptick in thunderstorm activity this evening. These storms will move southeast with a threat for damaging wind gusts, pocket-change hail, and localized flooding. Remember to move indoors if a thunderstorm approaches your location. These storms will impact the Texas Panhandle and perhaps West Texas before they weaken/dissipate Thursday morning.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 395
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
510 PM CDT WED JUL 8 2015

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
EXTREME EASTERN NEW MEXICO
CENTRAL AND WESTERN OKLAHOMA PANHANDLE
CENTRAL AND WESTERN TEXAS PANHANDLE

* EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON FROM 510 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT
CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SCATTERED DAMAGING WINDS AND ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT GUSTS TO 75
MPH POSSIBLE
ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS NEAR THE TEXAS/NEW MEXICO LINE SHOULD POSE A
THREAT FOR SEVERE GUSTS AND SPORADIC LARGE HAIL AS THEY CROSS THE
REST OF EASTERN NEW MEXICO TO THEIR SOUTHEAST…AND ALSO PARTS OF
THE PANHANDLES THROUGH THIS EVENING.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75
STATUTE MILES EITHER SIDE OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST
OF DALHART TEXAS TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF BORGER TEXAS. FOR A
COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU5).

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.