Inclement Weather Approaching the Central Texas Area
UPDATE: The US National Weather Service Austin-San Antonio Texas has issued a tornado watch for our area until 10 p.m. today.
Reports from the National Weather Service are indicating that there are good chances for severe storms along and east of U.S. 281 starting midday today through the early hours of Tuesday, March 22. Storms are expected to develop by mid-afternoon near US-281 and move east through the evening.
The NWS also warns the public about the possibility of very large hail and damaging winds today, focused on central to eastern Texas and adjacent states. The primary severe threat should begin in mid to late afternoon and last through tonight.
Sign up for local emergency alerts at www.warncentraltexas.org and get road updates at www.drivetexas.org
Tornado Classification and Safety
The state of Texas is entering tornado season. Tornadoes are more common in April, May and June. According to the National Weather Service, tornadoes can occur in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from a few yards to over one mile in width. Tornadoes can change intensity quickly and should all be considered dangerous.
Tornadoes are classified into three broad groups based on their estimated wind speeds and resultant damage:
More information about the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF Scale): www.spc.noaa.gov/efscale