Friday, March 16, 2012

Severe Thunderstorm Watch northwest Texas / westcentral Oklahoma...

The above Severe Thunderstorm Watch was just issued for portions of northwest Texas and the southeast Texas panhandle, as well as portions of western Oklahoma.  It is valid until 9pm CDT.  This Severe Thunderstorm Watch includes the cities of Lubbock, Childress, Altus, Hobart and Gage.

Large hail, possibly up to baseball size, and damaging wind gusts are the primary threats in this area.  An isolated tornado also cannot be ruled out from any thunderstorm that becomes well organized.

A lone thunderstorm is currently developing just to the southwest of Lubbock.  Additional development will take place Northward along a surface dryline this afternoon and evening.  Most storms will move Eastward at 20-25 mph.

If you live across this area, please remain alert this afternoon and evening.  Make sure that you have a sheltering location picked out, and be ready to go there if threatening weather is observed or a warning is issued.

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