Tornado Watch now in effect through 10 PM for portions of Northwest Texas, the Big Country, and North Texas. This watch includes San Angelo, Abilene, Brownwood, Mineral Wells, Granbury, D/FW, Waco, and Hillsboro. The strongest storms through the early evening hours may produce giant hail up to the size of softballs, damaging wind gusts to 70 MPH, and a couple of tornadoes. The highest tornado risk will be with any discrete, right-moving supercell. Storms will likely impact the I-35 corridor (including D/FW) from 4 to 7 PM.
Tornado Watch Number 236 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 155 PM CDT Thu May 18 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Tornado Watch for portions of portions of northern and central Texas * Effective this Thursday afternoon and evening from 155 PM until 1000 PM CDT. * Primary threats include... A couple tornadoes possible Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 4 inches in diameter possible Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible SUMMARY...Strong/severe thunderstorms are forecast to develop in the next hour or so across portions of northern and central Texas, expanding in coverage as they spread eastward/northeastward through the afternoon and evening hours. Along with risk for a couple of tornadoes, very large/destructive hail and damaging wind gusts will be likely with the strongest storms/bands of storms. The tornado watch area is approximately along and 65 statute miles north and south of a line from 70 miles west of Abilene TX to 45 miles southeast of Fort Worth TX. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU6). 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.