The National Weather Service has placed much of North Texas under a severe thunderstorm watch until midnight. This watch includes all of the D/FW Metroplex and surrounding counties. If it becomes apparent thunderstorms will develop south into the Hill Country and Central Texas the watch will likely be expanded. Large hail and damaging wind gusts are the primary concerns. A brief tornado can’t be ruled out. Thunderstorms have now rapidly developed and become severe in Cooke county. Storm development further south into Wise and Parker counties will likely occur over the next hour. Those storms could also become severe and pose a threat to the D/FW Metroplex.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 53
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
645 PM CDT WED MAR 23 2016

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
NORTHERN AND CENTRAL TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM 645 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT CDT.

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

SUMMARY…SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE BEGINNING TO DEVELOP ALONG A
LINE FROM NEAR GAINESVILLE TO WEST OF FORT WORTH. THESE STORMS WILL
TRACK NORTHEASTWARD ACROSS THE WATCH AREA THIS EVENING…POSING A
RISK OF LARGE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS. AN ISOLATED TORNADO CANNOT
BE RULED OUT.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 25 MILES EAST
NORTHEAST OF SHERMAN TEXAS TO 45 MILES SOUTHEAST OF STEPHENVILLE
TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED
WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

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.

. TEXAS COUNTIES INCLUDED ARE

BOSQUE COLLIN COMANCHE
COOKE DALLAS DELTA
DENTON ELLIS ERATH
FANNIN GRAYSON HAMILTON
HILL HOOD HOPKINS
HUNT JOHNSON KAUFMAN
LAMAR MILLS MONTAGUE
PARKER RAINS ROCKWALL
SOMERVELL TARRANT WISE