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Caution: Hail, damaging winds and a small chance of a tornado are in the forecast

How to prepare for the storm season in North Texas

Severe weather in the DFW area can strike at anytime and anywhere. Here's what you should know about the history of weather in Tarrant County and how you should prepare before storms arrive.
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Severe weather in the DFW area can strike at anytime and anywhere. Here's what you should know about the history of weather in Tarrant County and how you should prepare before storms arrive.

Get ready for a sleepless night.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to rumble across North Texas and could arrive in the Dallas-Fort Worth area around midnight.

And a second round could come anywhere between 5 and 10 am. Thursday.

"I think there's a good chance that most of the area will see some rain and thunder," said National Weather Service meteorologist Juan Hernandez. "The severity of those storms is uncertain."

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the DFW area under a marginal risk of severe storms (1 on a scale of 5) for Wednesday night and a slight risk (2 on a scale of 5) for Thursday.

The most intense storms are expected to occur across Oklahoma and Kansas.

Wednesday night storm threat
National Weather Service

A tornado watch is in effect northwest of Fort Worth that includes Wichita Falls and Archer City.

Depending on the severity of the storms, another tornado watch could be issued closer to Fort Worth on Wednesday night.

Rain chances will increase from 20 percent Wednesday night to 70 percent Thursday. There's also a 50 percent chance Friday.

By the time the system moves out, most of the area could see 1.5 to 2 inches of rainfall.

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna
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