[Weather.com] TORNADO WATCHES ISSUED: Destructive Storms Underway
Dr. Forbes tells us about the dangerous storms in Texas that have already produced tornadoes.
Severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, and tornadoes are expected on Sunday afternoon and evening ahead of a strong upper-level system pushing into the southern Plains. This weather system will continue to produce severe storms and locally heavy rain on Monday in the south-central states.
Below is the latest on the severe weather situation right now and the severe weather forecast.
- A tornado watch has been issued for central Texas until 11 p.m. CDT. This watch area includes Dallas-Fort Worth as well as Waco and Stephenville.
- A tornado watch has been issued for a portion of north Texas until 8 p.m. CDT. This watch area includes Abilene, Childress and Wichita Falls.
- A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for southwest Oklahoma and the extreme southeastern portion of the Texas panhandle until 8 p.m. CDT. This watch includes Clinton and Altus, Oklahoma.
- Where: Severe thunderstorms are likely from central and north Texas into Oklahoma during the afternoon and evening. The threat of severe weather will be enhanced across parts of central and north Texas, including the I-35 corridor from San Antonio to Dallas-Fort Worth westward to Abilene and San Angelo. Severe storms may spread into eastern Texas and northwest Louisiana overnight. Elsewhere, a few isolated severe storms may also fire up near the Southeast coast and in Florida.
- Threat Cities: Abilene | Dallas-Fort Worth | Austin
- Severe Threats: Tornadoes, large hail (golf ball size or larger), damaging winds, local flash flooding.
- Where: Rain and thunderstorms will be numerous from the Texas panhandle into Oklahoma, north and east Texas and into southern Louisiana. Severe storms are possible from central and east Texas into Louisiana and southern Mississippi.
- Threat Cities: Houston | New Orleans
- Severe Threats: Large hail, damaging winds, tornadoes, flash flooding
Heavy Rain, Flood Threat
- 1-3 inches (locally higher) of rain is possible from the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles to portions of Louisiana through Monday night.
- Localized flash flooding will be possible throughout this corridor, including parts of northwest Texas and western Oklahoma where drought conditions are in place.
- Oklahoma City, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston and New Orleans are among the cities that could see flash flooding through Monday night.