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Tornado Watch 279
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Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Moderate Moderate
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
Moderate Low
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
High Moderate

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   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   Tornado Watch Number 279
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   405 PM CDT Sat May 27 2017

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     Northwest Arkansas
     Eastern and Central Oklahoma

   * Effective this Saturday afternoon from 405 PM until Midnight
     CDT.

   * Primary threats include...
     A few tornadoes and a couple intense tornadoes possible
     Widespread large hail and isolated very large hail events to 3
       inches in diameter likely
     Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely

   SUMMARY...Isolated severe thunderstorms are expected to form over
   the eastern half of Oklahoma this afternoon and evening, drifting
   into northwest Arkansas.  Very large hail, damaging winds, and
   isolated tornadoes will be possible in the strongest cells.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 75 statute miles
   east and west of a line from 30 miles northwest of Grove OK to
   Durant OK. For a complete depiction of the watch see the associated
   watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS WOU9).

   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 275...WW 276...WW
   277...WW 278...

   AVIATION...Tornadoes and a few severe thunderstorms with hail
   surface and aloft to 3 inches. Extreme turbulence and surface wind
   gusts to 60 knots. A few cumulonimbi with maximum tops to 550. Mean
   storm motion vector 27030.

   ...Hart
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