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Tornado Watch 188
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Hazard Tornadoes EF2+ Tornadoes
Likelihood Moderate Low
Severe Wind 65 kt+ Wind
Moderate Low
Severe Hail 2"+ Hail
Moderate Moderate

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   URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
   Tornado Watch Number 188
   NWS Storm Prediction Center Norman OK
   230 PM CDT Tue May 18 2021

   The NWS Storm Prediction Center has issued a

   * Tornado Watch for portions of 
     South-central/East-Central Texas

   * Effective this Tuesday afternoon and evening from 230 PM until
     900 PM CDT.

   * Primary threats include...
     A couple tornadoes possible
     Scattered damaging wind gusts to 70 mph likely
     Scattered large hail and isolated very large hail events to 2
       inches in diameter possible

   SUMMARY...Increasing severe thunderstorm development is expected
   initially across south-central/east-central Texas through mid/late
   afternoon, particularly in vicinity of an outflow boundary that has
   generally stalled in a southwest/northeast fashion across the
   region. A moist environment, modest strength low-level winds in
   conjunction with the influence of the outflow boundary could support
   a tornado risk aside from more prevalent damaging winds and isolated
   large hail.

   The tornado watch area is approximately along and 80 statute miles
   east and west of a line from 65 miles northwest of Lufkin TX to 55
   miles south southeast of San Antonio TX. For a complete depiction of
   the watch see the associated watch outline update (WOUS64 KWNS
   WOU8).

   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.

   &&

   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 24020.

   ...Guyer
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