The Storm Prediction Center has issued a Severe Thunderstorm WATCH for portions of the Texas Panhandle and south rolling plains until 11pm this evening. Scattered strong to severe storms have developed across the region over the past couple of hours. The strongest cells are currently located near Shamrock, Clarendon, Claude, Tulia and just to the west of Lubbock. Frequent lightning, damaging wind gusts and hail up to 2.5 inches is possible with these storms as they continue to develop and move southeast across the region this afternoon. Don’t forget you can track these storms live using our interactive radar at texasstormchasers.com/radar
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 175 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 330 PM CDT FRI MAY 13 2016 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF PARTS OF SOUTHERN KANSAS NORTHERN AND WESTERN OKLAHOMA PARTS OF THE TEXAS PANHANDLE AND SOUTH PLAINS AND VICINITY * EFFECTIVE THIS FRIDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 330 PM UNTIL 1100 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 SUMMARY...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS NOW DEVELOPING SHOULD INCREASE IN COVERAGE AND INTENSITY OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS ACROSS THE WW AREA...WHERE LARGE HAIL AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WINDS ARE EXPECTED WITH STRONGER STORMS. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 85 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES NORTHWEST OF ALVA OKLAHOMA TO 30 MILES EAST SOUTHEAST OF LUBBOCK TEXAS.