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Severe storm alert: Baseball, softball-size hail possible Wednesday afternoon, evening

It could be one of those days Wednesday for severe storms.

Hail as large as baseball or softball could drop across parts of North Texas late Wednesday afternoon or evening.

“It’s a pretty classic setup for large hail,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Brian Hoeth.

The Storm Prediction Center has placed the Dallas-Fort Worth area under an enhanced risk for severe storms. Hail seems to be a much greater concern than tornadoes.

“We try to tell people the enhanced risk doesn’t correlate to tornadoes — just a higher coverage of severe storms,” Hoeth said. “This is will be a typical springtime situation with a dry line out west and lots of warm, moist air in front of it. This will be a quick hitter. It’s not going to be an all-day thing like Saturday.”

When will it strike? Forecasters believe it will enter Tarrant County sometime after 4 p.m. Currently, it looks like storms will reach Tarrant County between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Even though most of the concern focuses on tornadoes during the springtime, hail has historically been the most destructive weather force in North Texas.

While hurricanes and tropical storms top the Insurance Council of Texas list of costliest storms, four of the top 10 storms are due to hail with three taking place in North Texas.

The May 5, 1995 Mayfest hailstorm is still the seventh costliest storm at $1.1 billion of insured losses.

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