A severe thunderstorm was encountered near Lovington and as of 1:59 PM. MDT (14:59 CDT), the storm was moving east at 30 mph. According to Doppler radar, the storm has produced destructive gusts of up to 60 mph. And it was hail the size of a ping-pong table. Hail damage to vehicles and roofs is expected from this storm. So, stay indoors and avoid near windows until at least 2:30 PM MDT (15:30 CDT) when this storm passes.
Beforehand, a strong to severe thunderstorm was expected in the Brazos Valley Tuesday night. It was triggering severe thunder clothing caution for all counties:
• Grimes, Milam, Brazos, Houston, Lee, Leon, Madison, Burleson, Robertson, and Washington through Wednesday at 3 AM
• San Jacinto, Austin, Montgomery, Walker, Trinity, and Waller through Wednesday at 5 AM
The main concern throughout the night continued to be strong and scattered wind gusts above 65 mph. It was particularly along the leading edge of the storm line. Several instances of hail up to a quarter size will also be a possibility along with frequent lightning strikes and heavy rain.
The massive low pressure system and associated cold front will continue to fuel hurricanes across the state today. The storm is not expected to arrive until Tuesday for the Brazos Valley. It was expected to coming from the north and west.
The greatest potential for severe thunderstorms comes right with the storm’s initial momentum. But, it was less severe heavy rain and noise could continue through Wednesday morning.
The main threat of this activity is the strong destructive winds. There is growing concern that the storm is capable of producing wind gusts of more than 60 mph, particularly in the northern part of the area. Some parts of the storm that are more heavily embedded may contain large hail, and brief, isolated tornadoes cannot be ruled out at this time. However, they are not a major problem.
Starting at 5:00 PM Tuesday night, a strong thunderstorm crossing parts of the Big and Hill Country was bobbing up and down west. The storm will continue to move east for the rest of the night and is currently scheduled to reach our Northwest district at 11 PM. And it will work towards the south and east during the night. Note that a few additional rounds of strong. But not severe, thunderstorms are possible on Wednesday morning’s trip.