Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the Trans-Pecos Basin and Southwest Texas until 10 PM this evening. Midland, Alpine, Sanderson, San Angelo, Junction, Del Rio, and Hondo are included in this severe thunderstorm watch. We already have a few severe thunderstorms that developed shortly before 2 PM. These storms are generally moving northeast at 20 MPH. Eventually we should see storms start to move in a more easterly/southeasterly direction as a cool pool becomes established and storms organize along that. The strongest storms may produce very large hail up to the size of tennis-balls and damaging wind gusts up to 70 MPH. Localized flash flooding is also possible.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH NUMBER 180 NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 225 PM CDT TUE MAY 17 2016 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF PARTS OF SOUTWESTERN TEXAS * EFFECTIVE THIS TUESDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING FROM 225 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 SUMMARY...ISOLATED THUNDERSTORMS ARE DEVELOPING ACROSS PARTS OF TEXAS FROM EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE PERMIAN BASIN AND BIG BEND REGION EASTWARD TOWARD THE CONCHO VALLEY/EDWARDS PLATEAU. A CONTINUED/GRADUAL INCREASE IN STORM COVERAGE IS EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT SEVERAL HOURS...WITH THE STRONGEST STORMS CAPABLE OF PRODUCING LARGE HAIL AND LOCALLY DAMAGING WIND GUSTS. THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE MILES EITHER SIDE OF A LINE FROM 150 MILES WEST NORTHWEST OF JUNCTION TEXAS TO 15 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF HONDO TEXAS. FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU0). 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.