Hurricane-force winds, hail and tornadoes could hit the Valley tonight.
Major thunderstorms could hit the Rio Grande Valley tonight — potentially slamming the region with hail, hurricane-force winds and isolated tornadoes.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service posted a stern warning on Wednesday, advising Valley residents to prepare for severe thunderstorms.
“Scattered to numerous thunderstorms may produce wind gusts from 60 mph to hurricane force with possible damage to poorly built structures as well as loose lightweight objects,” according to the Weather Service. “Isolated tornadoes are also possible along or just ahead of any squall line that develops.”
Torrential rain may flood low-lying areas with poor drainage.
Severe weather may include:
- Wind gusts of up to 70 mph
- Large hail
- Torrential rain
- Isolated tornadoes
National Weather Service statement:
Severe weather is possible tonight across Deep South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley. A thunderstorm or two may develop just before sunset across portions of Zapata, Jim Hogg, and Starr counties and could produce large hail, gusty winds, and perhaps a tornado. As the evening progresses, a cluster or line of thunderstorms will develop and move through the western counties between 9 pm to 1 am and across the Rio Grande Valley and the coastal counties between 1 am and daybreak. These storms could produce wind gusts in excess of 50 mph, frequent cloud to ground lightning, and some hail. The strongest cells along the line may produce hurricane force damaging wind, and any cells forming ahead of the line could produce tornadoes. Be prepared! Bring inside or fasten down lightweight objects, review your safety plans, and check the battery in your NOAA weather radio.