A large severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for areas east and south of a squall line. This watch includes all of Northeast Texas, East Texas, the Brazos Valley, Central Texas, and the Hill Country. Texarkana, Tyler, Lufkin, College Station, Austin, Kerrville, and Junction are included in this watch. The strongest storms in the squall line could produce wind gusts up to 70 MPH and brief tornadoes. The hail threat has been low in North Texas but I can’t rule out some hail tonight.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 113
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
1020 PM CDT TUE APR 26 2016

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
WESTERN ARKANSAS
PARTS OF NORTHWEST LOUISIANA
PORTIONS OF EASTERN OKLAHOMA
PARTS OF CENTRAL AND EASTERN TEXAS

* EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY NIGHT AND WEDNESDAY MORNING FROM 1020 PM
UNTIL 500 AM 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…A WELL-ORGANIZED BAND OF STRONG TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS
WILL CONTINUE MOVING EASTWARD ACROSS EASTERN OKLAHOMA AND
NORTHERN/CENTRAL TEXAS OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS…AND LATER WILL
REACH WESTERN PORTIONS OF ARKANSAS AND LOUISIANA. LOCALLY DAMAGING
WINDS AND SOME HAIL WILL LIKELY OCCUR WITHIN PORTIONS OF THE WATCH
AREA.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 80
STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 35 MILES NORTH OF
FAYETTEVILLE ARKANSAS TO 25 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF HUNTSVILLE
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.