The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio has placed the following counties under a Severe Thunderstorm Watch until 3pm this afternoon: Atasosa, Bastrop, Caldwell, DeWitt, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee and Wilson.
A line of strong thunderstorms has developed along and east of I-35 between Austin and San Antonio and south towards Atascosa this morning, with one Severe Warned storm just to the south of San Antonio in Atascosa county at the time of this post. Additional thunderstorm development is expected over the next several hours. A few of the stronger storms that develop across this region have the potential to produce a tornado or two, although high winds and large hail up to 1 inch in diameter are the greatest threats. Folks in this region need to keep a weather eye out today and be prepared to take immediate shelter should a warning be issued. Have a means of receiving weather warnings and stay tuned to local media outlets for the latest updates.
URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK 1025 AM CST SAT DEC 21 2013 THE NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER HAS ISSUED A * SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS COASTAL WATERS * EFFECTIVE THIS SATURDAY MORNING AND AFTERNOON FROM 1025 AM UNTIL 300 PM CST. * PRIMARY THREATS INCLUDE... SEVERAL DAMAGING WIND GUSTS TO 70 MPH POSSIBLE A FEW LARGE HAIL EVENTS TO 1 INCH IN DIAMETER POSSIBLE A FEW TORNADOES POSSIBLE THE SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH AREA IS APPROXIMATELY ALONG AND 55 STATUTE MILES EAST AND WEST OF A LINE FROM 40 MILES EAST OF NEW BRAUNFELS TEXAS TO 45 MILES WEST SOUTHWEST OF BEEVILLE TEXAS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... REMEMBER...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR 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. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.