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San Antonio – A fierce thunderstorm clock for Baxer County and Hill Country expired at 8pm on Easter Sunday after several hours of storm activity in the area.
God National Weather Service It was said that the main threats from these storms were frequent lightning, strong local winds, and hail, they said, reached the size of large apples in some places.
Pearsall, North Pearsall and Yancey were under severe thunderstorm warning until 7:15 p.m., and the NWS said it reported 3-inch hail and gusts over 70 mph in Byncy, prompting residents to stay inside and stay away from windows.
A Strong thunderstorm warning Issued for Hondo, Devin and Natalia until 6:30 p.m. Hondo, Casterville and Lakehills were under a Strong thunderstorm warning Until 5:30, when this cell produces hail the size of golf balls.
Boerne, Fair Oaks Ranch, Timberwood Park were under a Strong thunderstorm warning Until 4:30 p.m. warning Remains valid for Bandera, Lake Hills and Coastal State Lake, and the NWS says this storm will contain hailstones the size of tennis balls.
“There may be further development of thunderstorms over the next few hours, with the greatest potential area being in and around the guard area,” officials said. “SPC continues with a slight risk (level 2/5) of severe thunderstorms in parts of Hill Country and I-35 corridor, with a marginal risk (level 1/5) surrounding the light. Storms will be able to be large to very large. Hail diameter ranges from one centimeter One to more than two inches, as well as individual pest winds exceeding 60 km / h. The activity will start to decline following the sunset as the temperatures on the surface cool down. “
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Severe weather 101
When severe weather threatens the area, it is important to know what risks can bring a storm and what you need to do to stay safe.
One of the most important things to know is where you are located on the map, so when you put a watch or warning, you can identify if you are at risk. When the National Weather Service issues warnings, they are district-based and sometimes include cities as well. It is important to know where you live in the county and that you can identify it on a map.
It is also important to know the difference between a watch and a warning. A Watch Means that the conditions are favorable for something to happen, but a warning Says something has evolved and it is important to take action.
so, What will make a thunderstorm be considered a “severe” thunderstorm?
hail That one inch in size is also considered a quarter size.
Another element that will lead to the storm becoming severe is motherhood Spirits They are 58 mph or more.
Winds of this magnitude can damage roofs and even cause trees to fall.
Finally, if a tornado Exists in a thunderstorm, it will determine that the storm becomes severe.
In this case, a Tornado warning Will be issued.
A Tornado watch It can be issued for an area if strong storms are expected, and if the storms pose a risk to tornadoes, but not all storms include the threat of tornadoes. The elements in the atmosphere for tornado formation are not always there when there are storms.
If the area you are in is under a tornado warning, it is important to do so Know where you need to go Inside your house.
Go to the lowest inner room in your home. The basement would be best, but if you do not have one, turn to the first floor of the house and stay away from exterior walls, or walls that lead to the outside of the house.
It is also important to stay away from glass. The more walls you can put between you and the outside, the better.
While lightning can be frequent in storms and very dangerous, they do not lead to a storm being considered severe.
Remember, when thunder roars, go inside.
Storms can also lead to flooding. Flooding may not cause the storm to be tagged as severe, but it’s the deadliest type of weather.
It is known that in South Texas there are major flood events every few years, so it is important to take extra care and always stay away from flood waters. Remember, turn around, do not drown.
Getting into flood water is very dangerous as you can get carried away by your feet and you do not know what could be in the water that could harm you.
The best thing you can do to be prepared for severe weather is to know what to do in case it hits the place where you live.
Make sure your family has an action plan for severe weather.
There is a place where everyone enters your home and keeps supplies there, such as food, medicine, batteries and flashlights.
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