1:15 PM CST | March 9, 2019
Well, spring break got off to a rocky start for many North Texans. Several severe storms tracked through the area during the pre-dawn and early morning hours. The most significant hail report was in Brownsboro, a small town between Tyler and Athens. A picture of quarter (1.00") to ping pong ball-size hail (1.50") was shared via social media. Half dollar-size hail (1.25") was reported in Lake Worth near Azle Avenue and 820 with another report in the Glen Rose area. Otherwise, quarter-size hail was reported in Haltom City, Fort Worth, Grapevine, Prosper, Hebron, Allen, and Dallas.
Thunderstorm winds damaged several houses and the Emmanuel Pentacostal Church in Mesquite just after daybreak. Downed trees and porch damage were also reported in the Canton area around 9:00 AM this morning. Other wind reports were seen in Northeast Texas, near the towns of Pittsburg and Atlanta. The supercell that impacted Parker and Tarrant Counties during the pre-dawn hours had some rotation, which was later confirmed in a discussion from the Storm Prediction Center. Thankfully, the storm remained elevated just above the surface. No tornadoes have been reported in the state so far today.
Unfortunately, there have been some reports of tornadoes to our east. One was reported in the far northwest corner of Louisiana in Caddo County. There have been two tornado reports to the east of Little Rock. Local media reported possible tornado damage in West Little Rock as well; however, there has been no official confirmation as of the writing of this post. Tornado Watches are in effect for parts of Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, and far Southeast Missouri. If you have friends or family in these areas, please make sure they are aware. You can see a recent overview of the risk areas, radar, and watches below. **This image is non-updating. For the latest, visit the SPC website: http://spc.noaa.gov/**
After storms move out of East Texas later this afternoon, the state will see a brief break in the action before rain chances increase late Sunday. There will be the potential for severe thunderstorms yet again Tuesday and Wednesday. I will discuss this in more detail tonight or tomorrow. In the meantime, get out and enjoy the weather. Sun will be in short supply early-mid next week. For the latest local weather information, please visit the National Weather Service website. You can also find Texas Storm Watch on Facebook. To help make sure you do not miss any updates, LIKE the Facebook page and join the Facebook group.