A particularly dangerous situation tornado watch has been issued for the eastern Texas Panhandle and far Northwest Texas. This is a PDS watch which means there is a significant risk of strong, long-lived tornadoes. This is easily the highest tornado risk the Panhandle has seen since November 16, 2015. Before that we have to go back several years into the late 2000s. Understood that this is a serious situation, but as long as you have a way to receive warnings and take shelter, you’ll be good to go! We’re chasing so this may be our last in-depth update until the event is concluded.
Tornado Watch Number 220 NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK 150 PM CDT Tue May 16 2017 The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a * Tornado Watch for portions of Western Oklahoma Eastern Texas Panhandle * Effective this Tuesday afternoon and evening from 150 PM until 1000 PM CDT. ...THIS IS A PARTICULARLY DANGEROUS SITUATION... * Primary threats include... Several tornadoes and a few intense tornadoes likely Widespread large hail and isolated very large hail events to 4 inches in diameter likely Scattered damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts to 75 mph possible SUMMARY...Isolated supercell thunderstorms are expected to form along the dryline over the eastern Texas Panhandle and track across the watch area this afternoon and evening. Very large hail and isolated strong tornadoes are possible in this area. The tornado watch area is approximately along and 55 statute miles east and west of a line from 75 miles south southwest of Childress TX to 55 miles north northwest of Gage OK. 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.