A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the southern Texas Panhandle, South Plains, Rolling Plains, West-Central Texas, and portions of Northwest Texas until 10 PM CT. AMarillo, Lubbock, Snyder, Childress, Vernon, and Seymour are all included. The strongest storms may produce very large hail up to the size of tennis-balls and localized damaging wind gusts over 60 MPH. A tornado is possible across Northwest Texas after 6 PM through about 10 PM – though the threat is low. We’re sitting in Altus, OK and Vernon, TX waiting on storms to fire up. Once they get going we’ll start posting pictures and video to our social media feeds.

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SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 78
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
330 PM CDT SUN APR 10 2016

THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

* SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
PORTIONS OF SOUTHWEST OKLAHOMA
PORTIONS OF NORTHWESTERN TEXAS AND THE TEXAS SOUTH
PLAINS/PANHANDLE

* EFFECTIVE THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 330 PM UNTIL
1000 PM CDT.

* PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE…
SCATTERED LARGE HAIL AND ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2.5
INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
ISOLATED DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE
A TORNADO OR TWO POSSIBLE

SUMMARY…THUNDERSTORMS ARE FORECAST TO GRADUALLY INCREASE ACROSS
THE TEXAS SOUTH PLAINS OVER THE NEXT FEW HOURS…AND SPREAD
EAST-NORTHEASTWARD THROUGH THIS AFTERNOON/EARLY EVENING. LARGE HAIL
AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS WILL BE THE MAIN SEVERE RISKS…THOUGH A
BRIEF TORNADO IS POSSIBLE.

THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75
STATUTE MILES NORTH AND SOUTH OF A LINE FROM 60 MILES WEST OF
LUBBOCK TEXAS TO 40 MILES SOUTH SOUTHEAST OF ALTUS OKLAHOMA. 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.