Thursday, May 12, 2011

Severe Thunderstorms Possible along I-35 Corridor by Mid-Morning

***Update 8:10 AM CDT:
A new Severe Thunderstorm Watch has been issued, valid until 3pm CDT:

This watch includes San Antonio, but not Austin.  If you live in the Austin Metro, please don't assume that this means you are in the clear.  Quite to the contrary, a line of strong to severe storms is likely to impact the area by around 10 o'clock this morning (based on present movement).  In addition, isolated storms are developing ahead of the line over Hays and Travis Counties at this time.  These storms could also intensify and produce hail and wind gusts near severe limits.  The latest radar snapshot is below:

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The above image was taken from the New Braunfels area radar a moment ago.  A strong to severe line of thunderstorms extends from near Mason to southeast of Del Rio...and is moving East/Southeast at 35 mph.

Strong, gusty winds up to 60 mph and hail up to 1 inch diameter are possible with this activity.  Some rotation has been shown on radar over Uvalde County, but no tornado reports have been received as of yet.  An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out, however the strong winds will be the primary threat with this line of storms.

If the current direction & speed of movement continues, this activity will impact the I-35 Corridor from Austin through San Antonio between 9:30 and 10:30 this morning.

I would expect the current Severe Thunderstorm Watch to the West to be extended to the I-35 Corridor shortly...

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