Friday, March 27, 2009

Tornadoes, baseball-sized hail possible north of Houston

We got some hail at my house. Not a lot, but enough to get my attention. It was about marble size. No vehicle damage. It came and left within about 4 minutes.

HOUSTON – Spring thunderstorms are stirring up trouble in several area counties.

March 27, 2009 View larger E-mail Clip More Video An 11 News weather watcher in Cleveland reported a tornado touched down near FM 105 and Travis. He said it uprooted some trees and knocked a light pole over on a truck.

The Cleveland Regional Medical Center also had wind damage during and the town was hit by hail as big as two inches in diameter.

The National Weather Service Doppler radar said the thunderstorm "is capable of producing large damaging hail up to baseball size."

Golf-ball sized -- possibly larger -- hail broke home and car windows in Cut and Shoot and Conroe.
"Wow! We just had to biggest hail storm I’ve ever seen," Patricia Williams reported in an e-mail from Conroe. "The wind was blowing what seemed like as hard as during our last hurricane. The roar was deafening."

“The storm is heading off to the east, with it about to cross the Trinity River,” said 11 News Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 8:00 p.m. for Brazoria, Chambers, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Polk counties.

“The chance for large hail-producing thunderstorms and winds can reach over 100 mph,” said Norman.

Norman says there is still the potential for more tornadoes to develop in the watch area.

This is hail damage reported in Conroe.
The good news is, once that passes through, the weekend will be sunny and cool.

“We will get some chilly air coming in here for the weekend. No freeze, but it’s going to get much cooler,” Norman said.

In fact, the same front that will cool us off is responsible for blizzard conditions in the Texas Panhandle.

We won’t be getting any winter weather here, but we will have highs in the 60s and lows in the 40s this weekend.

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