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Severe weather is beginning to move through the Austin area.
A tornado warning is in effect for parts of Williamson County until 11:30 p.m.
Tornado Warning including Briggs TX until 11:30 PM CDT pic.twitter.com/keFlSuMr8P
— NWS Austin/San Antonio (@NWSSanAntonio) April 18, 2019
The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 2 a.m. for much of the Austin area and the Hill Country.
Large hail and damaging winds are the most likely threats facing the area.
The weather service puts the chance of precipitation for Austin at 90 percent tonight, with between one-half and three-quarters of an inch of rain possible.
The National Weather Service in Austin/San Antonio tweeted a forecast model showing the brunt of the storms hitting Austin between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. — noting the actual time and intensity of the storm’s arrival may change.
Eric Platt, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says the storm will develop out over the Hill Country and come in from the west.
“The hail and the high winds are the biggest concerns at this time, although we can certainly expect frequent cloud-to-ground lightning strikes and some heavy rain as this line of storms moves through the region,” Platt said.
Thursday is expected to be sunny with a high near 74 degrees.