Monday, March 19, 2012

Severe Weather Update for Texas...

A line of thunderstorms is gradually intensifying from just West of Ft. Worth, to near Brady, and back to the Big Bend area between Sanderson and Rocksprings. This line is moving slowly Eastward while storms within the line move East/Northeast at 35 mph.

A Tornado Watch was just issued for the area along and ahead of the line of storms, and is valid until 10pm CDT:

Large hail, damaging wind gusts and tornadoes will all be possible with severe storms in this region.  

The threat of severe weather and flash flooding will gradually enter the Dallas/Ft. Worth Metroplex from West to East during the heavy traffic hours of 4-7pm this evening.  Further South, the threat of severe weather will approach the I-35 corridor from Austin through San Antonio after sunset.

If you live in or close to the watch area, remain alert this afternoon and evening and listen to local media or another trusted source for the latest severe weather warnings.

If you live in the above areas, make sure that you have identified the safest place to seek shelter at home, work or school.  If you live in the areas where the severe weather risk will continue into the night (which includes the Austin/San Antonio area), make sure that you take steps to ensure that you have a way to receive severe weather warnings at night.

Very heavy, potentially flooding, rainfall can also be expected in much the same area through tonight.  Remember, never drive into an area where water covers the roadway.  Even just a few inches of water can sweep your vehicle off of the road.

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