The map above shows the Severe Weather Outlook Areas from the Storm Prediction Center for tonight (Wed. night). They outline an Enhanced Risk Area (in orange) and a fairly large Slight Risk Area (in yellow) for much of the state of Texas and a small part of Western Louisiana. That’s surrounded by a Marginal Risk Area (in dark green). SPC says: “Severe thunderstorms are expected…The severe risk willspread eastward across central and eastern Texas during the evening and overnight.” There is also a risk of a non-severe storm in far western Washington and Oregon.
As I write this, there has been one reported tornado in Clarendon TX, damaging a roof, knocking out windows and toppling trees, 30 severe wind reports and 5 reports of large hail. Wind gusts hit 71 mph at Big Springs TX, 69 mph at Hobart OK, 64 mph at Wichita Falls TX. and 62 mph at Oklahoma City. At least one semi has been blown over and there has been other building damage. Over 50,000 customers are without power from the storms in TX and OK.
Multiple people were hurt because of turbulence as their plane was diverted to Austin Wednesday night. Austin-Travis County EMS said it checked out three people who were hurt. Two of them were taken to the emergency room with non-life threatening injuries.
Lightning forced officials to cancel the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas Texas. The game began at 12:30 CST. Boston College jumped out to a 7-0 lead over Boise State. Close lightning forced a delay with 5:08 left in the first quarter. The lightning continued and radar showed more storms moving in from the west. They decided to cancel the game just before 2:30 pm. The game will be a non-game – it’ll go into the books like it never happened. One factor is that all 3 bowl games today are on ESPN – one right after another. So, ESPN doesn’t gain any money by waiting, since the next game was already starting. Ticket holders can either get a full refund or they can exchange their 2 tickets for 4 tickets to next year’s First Responder Bowl.
This is the Severe Weather Outlook Area for Thursday PM 12/27. There is a smaller Slight Risk Area from far E. Texas to S Mississippi. The risk of a general (not severe) storm comes north all the way to Fort Wayne and Toledo.