Large-sized hail pummels San Antonio-area, Hill Country after severe storms

South-Central Texas is preparing for another round of severe storms Thursday after storms producing large-sized hail tore through parts of Texas Wednesday night — Dilley, Texas receiving the brunt of the storm’s force.

On Thursday, the National Weather Service increased the risk for hail and has predicted that storm systems could bring hail more than two inches in size starting as early as Thursday afternoon and into the evening in the Hill Country and Austin Metro Area. Meanwhile, the threats of tornadoes and damaging winds continue to loom as the storm approaches.

In addition, the National Weather Service is still forecasting severe storms with the potential for damaging winds, isolated tornadoes, and large-sized hail across South-Central Texas, including the Hill Country, I-35 corridor, and Costal Plains starting Thursday afternoon.

The National Weather Service is predicting that San Antonio and cities to its east such as New Braunfels have a five percent to 14 percent chance for severe weather possibly producing hail over two inches in diameter. The same could be said for other parts of the San Antonio area with cities such as Boerne and Austin showing a 15 percent to 29 percent chance for damaging hail and up to 80-mile-per-hour winds.

Wind gusts reaching up to 60-miles-per-hour are possible when the storm reaches the Rio Grande Plains, southern Edwards Plateau and Hill Country in Thursday afternoon and evening, according to the National Weather Service.

South-Central Texas storm expected to bring large-sized hail Thursday afternoon. 

South-Central Texas storm expected to bring large-sized hail Thursday afternoon. 

National Weather Service

With heavy winds forecasted, the potential to start and spread potentially damaging fires has greatly increased. The National Weather Service recommends avoiding situations involving fire and to secure loose items that could accidentally cause wildfires.

In the case of a tornado, residents should identify the safest place to seek shelter to avoid life-threatening situations and closely monitor weather service alerts, including tornado watches and warnings.

Continue to follow us at MySA.com and social media for the latest weather updates. 

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