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Tornado watch includes Fort Worth, Dallas. ‘Very large hail’ possible in some storms

Storm raises the roof near downtown Fort Worth

A building near St. Louis Avenue south of downtown loses its roof to the 60 mph-plus wind in a Sunday thunderstorm.
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A building near St. Louis Avenue south of downtown loses its roof to the 60 mph-plus wind in a Sunday thunderstorm.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until midnight for most of North Texas that includes the Dallas-Fort Worth area and Northeast Texas.

Large hail was reported north of the Collin County town of Farmersville, about 45 miles northeast of Dallas.

In Greenville, NBC5 tweeted photos of roof damage at the Highland Terrace Baptist Church. and showed video of awnings blown off of storefronts. Baseball-size hail was also recorded near the Hunt County town of Celeste where there were reports of windows broken out.

“We’re unstable, it’s hot and we got a lot of moisture,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Bianca Villanueva. “All of the ingredients are there.”

The Storm Prediction Center has all of North Texas under an enhanced risk for severe storms (3 on a scale of 5) and says “very large hail and a few tornadoes” are possible.

The Storm Prediction also said the tornado threat would be greatest during the first few hours that storms form.

After the storms pass, the heat will kick in Thursday with temperatures climbing into the mid-to-upper 90s on Thursday and Friday. The threat for scattered thunderstorms will return this weekend and into next week.

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