The Storm Prediction Center and National Weather Service have issued a tornado watch until 11 PM for the Rolling Plains. The strongest storms will be capable of producing hail up to the size of tennis balls, localized damaging winds up to 70 MPH, and isolated tornadoes. The highest tornado threat will be after 6 PM as any intense supercell begins to encounter a more moisture-rich environment.

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THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF
     WEST CENTRAL TEXAS

   * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 345 PM UNTIL
     1100 PM CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     SCATTERED LARGE HAIL LIKELY WITH ISOLATED VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS
       TO 2.5 INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     ISOLATED SIGNIFICANT DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 75 MPH POSSIBLE

   SUMMARY...SCATTERED SUPERCELLS WITH SOME RISK FOR TORNADOES...IN
   ADDITION TO LARGE HAIL AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND...EXPECTED TO
   MOVE/DEVELOP GENERALLY NE ACROSS THE TEXAS SOUTH PLAINS AND LOW
   ROLLING PLAINS THROUGH LATE EVENING...AS MOISTURE INFLOW INCREASES
   AHEAD OF SOUTHWESTERN STATES UPPER-LEVEL TROUGH.

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 75 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 45 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF
   PLAINVIEW TEXAS TO 55 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LUBBOCK TEXAS.  FOR A
   COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE
   UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0).

   PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

   REMEMBER...A TORNADO WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR
   TORNADOES AND 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.