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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Tornado Watch Number 248
NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
305 PM CDT Fri May 19 2017
The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a
* Tornado Watch for portions of
parts of west central Illinois
southwestern into cenral Missouri
* Effective this Friday afternoon and evening from 305 PM until
1000 PM CDT.
* Primary threats include...
A couple tornadoes possible
Isolated very large hail events to 2 inches in diameter possible
Isolated damaging wind gusts to 70 mph possible
SUMMARY...An evolving area of thunderstorm activity appears likely
to organize further and intensify through the late afternoon hours
as it spreads across southwestern Missouri into the lower Missouri
Valley. Large hail may accompany strongest storms, with an
increasing risk for damaging wind gusts, and perhaps a couple of
The tornado watch area is approximately along and 60 statute miles
east and west of a line from 35 miles northeast of Columbia MO to 35
miles southeast of Monett MO. For a complete depiction of the watch
see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU8).
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 246...WW 247...
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.