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Tornado Watch 53
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WW0053 Radar
Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Moderate Moderate
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
Moderate Low
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
Moderate Moderate

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   SEL3

   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 53
   NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
   500 PM CDT THU APR 3 2014

   THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A

   * TORNADO WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF 
     CENTRAL ARKANSAS
     EXTREME SOUTHWEST ILLINOIS
     EAST CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST MISSOURI

   * EFFECTIVE THIS THURSDAY AFTERNOON FROM 500 PM UNTIL MIDNIGHT
     CDT.

   * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE...
     SEVERAL TORNADOES LIKELY WITH A FEW INTENSE TORNADOES POSSIBLE
     SEVERAL LARGE HAIL EVENTS WITH A FEW VERY LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 2
       INCHES IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE
     SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE

   THE TORNADO WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 60 STATUTE
   MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 30 MILES SOUTH SOUTHWEST OF
   HOT SPRINGS ARKANSAS TO 65 MILES NORTHEAST OF VICHY MISSOURI. 
   FOR A COMPLETE DEPICTION OF THE WATCH SEE THE ASSOCIATED WATCH
   OUTLINE UPDATE (WOUS64 KWNS WOU3).

   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.

   &&

   OTHER WATCH INFORMATION...THIS TORNADO WATCH REPLACES TORNADO
   WATCH NUMBER 49...TORNADO WATCH NUMBER 50. WATCH NUMBER 49 50
   WILL NOT BE IN EFFECT AFTER 500 PM CDT. CONTINUE...WW 51...WW
   52...

   DISCUSSION...CONVECTION WILL CONTINUE ALONG THE WARM FRONT/OUTFLOW
   BOUNDARY FROM CENTRAL INTO E CENTRAL MO...AND OTHER STORMS WILL
   LIKELY SPREAD INTO THE WATCH AREA FROM THE W THIS EVENING AS THE LOW
   LEVELS WARM AND MOISTEN IN THE WAKE OF EARLIER STORMS.  THE
   COMBINATION OF VERTICAL SHEAR AND INSTABILITY WILL SUPPORT RISKS OF
   TORNADOES...DAMAGING WINDS...AND LARGE HAIL THROUGH LATE EVENING.

   AVIATION...TORNADOES AND A FEW SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS WITH HAIL
   SURFACE AND ALOFT TO 2 INCHES. EXTREME TURBULENCE AND SURFACE
   WIND GUSTS TO 60 KNOTS. A FEW CUMULONIMBI WITH MAXIMUM TOPS TO
   500. MEAN STORM MOTION VECTOR 24035.


   ...THOMPSON
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