NWS: Severe thunderstorms may bring tornadoes, hail, flooding, heavy winds to San Antonio area

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The thunderstorms expected to hit South Central Texas on Wednesday may bring tornadoes, hail, flooding and heavy winds, according to the National Weather Service.

Cloud cover may initially limit the affects of the storm as it passes over Bexar County and surrounding areas Wednesday afternoon. During this initial period of the storm, the greatest threat will be large hail, according to the NWS.

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At around midnight Thursday, the upper level storm system and cold front responsible for the nasty weather will reach the Interstate 35 corridor. When that occurs, the NWS said, the primary threat will shift to heavy winds and the possibility of isolated tornadoes “as the environment will support the development of rapid spin-ups along the leading edge of the thunderstorm line.”

Bexar County is expected to receive about 1 to 1.5 inches of total rainfall, beginning Wednesday afternoon. Areas east of I-35 and north of Interstate 10 could receive up to 3 inches of rain. The NWS said the expected speed at which the storms will be traveling could limit the threat of flooding.

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