Abilene, Texas Braces for Severe Storms with Large Hail and Damaging Winds

Abilene, Texas braces for severe storms with large hail and damaging winds from April 23-28, 2024, prompting weather warnings and calls for residents to stay informed and take precautions.

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Abilene, Texas Braces for Severe Storms with Large Hail and Damaging Winds

Abilene, Texas Braces for Severe Storms with Large Hail and Damaging Winds

Abilene, Texas is preparing for the potential of severe storms with large hail and damaging winds from April 23 to April 28, 2024, according to the Storm Prediction Center's outlook. The National Weather Service has issued a warning for isolated strong to severe thunderstorms capable of producing large hail and damaging winds across northwest Texas through Tuesday evening.

The outlook released on Monday indicates a slight risk for severe weather on Tuesday, with the potential for storms to produce very large hail and damaging winds over 60 miles per hour. The threat for severe storms remains a marginal risk for areas west of Abilene on Wednesday, with the potential for isolated and short-lived storms to produce large hail and damaging winds.

The main focus for severe weather is expected to be during the second half of the week, with a slight risk for severe weather every day from Thursday through Sunday in some part of the Big Country and other regions of Texas. The severe weather potential is expected to continue through the weekend, with the best potential for severe weather currently forecast to be off to the east in the DFW region and East Texas.

The National Weather Service has issued various watch status reports with probabilities for different severe weather events, including tornadoes, hail, and high winds. The probabilities range from low (less than 2% to 20%) to moderate (30% to 60%) to high (70% to greater than 95%), with high values highlighted to indicate an increased threat for a particular event.

On Tuesday evening, the National Weather Service (NWS) has issued Severe Thunderstorm watches and warnings for parts of the Abilene, Texas area. The following counties are under Severe Thunderstorm Warnings: Callahan, Nolan, Runnels, and Taylor. The following counties are under Severe Thunderstorm Watches: Runnels, Shackelford, Stephens, Taylor, and Throckmorton. These storm watches and warnings bring the potential for hail, damaging winds, and lightning.

Why this matters:

Experts advise residents to stock up, pay close attention to weather warnings, and stay off the roads as increasingly severe weather sweeps the U.S. in the spring. The combination of dry conditions and gusty winds has also led to elevated to critical fire weather concerns across southern Colorado and Guam. Residents are advised to remain weather-aware as the region is at the start of a multi-day severe weather event.

Key Takeaways

  • Abilene, TX faces potential for severe storms with large hail and damaging winds from Apr 23-28, 2024.
  • Severe thunderstorm watches and warnings issued for parts of Abilene area on Tuesday evening.
  • Severe weather potential continues through the weekend, with highest risk in DFW and East Texas.
  • NWS has issued probabilities for severe weather events ranging from low to high.
  • Residents advised to stay informed, take precautions, and avoid travel during this severe weather event.