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Tornado Watch 243
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WW0243 Radar
Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Moderate Low
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
High Moderate
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
Moderate Moderate

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   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   Tornado Watch Number 243
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   1100 PM CDT Thu May 18 2017

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     Northwest Arkansas
     Southwest Missouri

   * Effective this Thursday night and Friday morning from 1100 PM
     until 300 AM CDT.

   * Primary threats include...
     A couple tornadoes possible
     Scattered damaging winds likely with isolated significant gusts
       to 80 mph possible
     Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2
       inches in diameter possible

   SUMMARY...A fast-moving bow echo over eastern Oklahoma will track
   northeastward across the watch area, posing a risk of relatively
   widespread damaging wind gusts.  Isolated tornadoes may also occur
   along the leading edge of the line.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles
   north and south of a line from 20 miles west of Fayetteville AR to 5
   miles east southeast of Harrison AR. 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...CONTINUE...WW 240...WW 241...WW 242...

   AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
   surface and aloft to 2 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
   gusts to 70 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 450. Mean
   storm motion vector 24040.

   ...Hart
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