A Severe Thunderstorm WATCH has been posted for portions of south central Texas through 4am tomorrow morning.  This includes the cities of Austin, San Antonio and Victoria and surrounding communities.  Ongoing storms across the region are expected to increase in areal coverage and intensity overnight and into tomorrow morning.  Large hail, quarter to golf ball size and wind gusts in excess of 70mph are possible as the leading edge of the complex of thunderstorms tracks east/southeast tonight between Austin and San Antonio and towards the central Texas coast by early morning. The threat for tornadoes with any of these storms is low…but is not completely outside the realm of possibility with sufficient wind shear in place.  Make sure you have a way to receive weather warnings should any be issued for your location.

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Simulated radar through 11am Tuesday Morning

 URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 18
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   1010 PM CST MON FEB 22 2016

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
     SOUTH-CENTRAL TEXAS

   * EFFECTIVE THIS MONDAY NIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING FROM 1010 PM
     UNTIL 400 AM CST.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     SCATTERED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...SEVERAL BANDS OF THUNDERSTORMS WILL CONTINUE TO DEVELOP
   AND ADVANCE TO THE EAST ACROSS SOUTH-CENTRAL TX OVERNIGHT TO EARLY
   TUESDAY MORNING.  DAMAGING WIND GUSTS AND SOME HAIL WILL THE PRIMARY
   SEVERE WEATHER THREATS.

   THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 70
   STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 85 MILES SOUTHWEST
   OF JUNCTION TEXAS TO 40 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF VICTORIA TEXAS.
   FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
   OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).

   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.