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Strongest weather expected after midnight

Wind, rain and large hail are expected to pound North Texas overnight with the strongest storms holding off until most people have gone to bed.

Northwest of Fort Worth, a tornado watch had been issued until 9 p.m. that includes Parker and Wise counties. But severe storms won't arrive for most until after dark.

"The main show will be tonight, pretty much starting after midnight," said National Weather Service meteorologist Jennifer Dunn. "It will probably be closer to 3 a.m. The main threat will probably be large hail and damaging winds. The tornado threat will primarily be this afternoon and should stay to the northwest of Fort Worth."

Severe storms were pounding the Wichita Falls area with golf-ball-size hail and strong winds this afternoon and moving into southern Oklahoma.

Some isolated storms could form closer to the Metroplex but most will hold off until the middle of the night, leaving many North Texans with a sleepless night.

"It will probably be enough to wake people up," Dunn said. "Keep those weather radios turned on or on stand-by or have access to radio or television. They also may hear storm sirens depending on the severity of the storms."

Forecasters also expect the storms to bring significant rainfall with most areas seeing at least an inch of rain.

"Localized flooding is not out of the question, but I think the heaviest rains will be east of Interstate 35," Dunn said.

The rains could linger into Friday morning rush-hour.

"It could be a messy commute," Dunn said.