Tornado watch issued for several Central Texas counties

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for most Central Texas counties on Monday, March 21

The National Weather Service had issued the tornado watch until 1 a.m.

The following counties in Central Texas are under a tornado watch: Gillespie County, Hays County, Bastrop County, Caldwell County

Lee County, Blanco County, Travis County, Llano County, Burnet County, Williamson County, Fayette County, Bell County, Milam County and Lampasas County

Much of the area has been upgraded from enhanced for moderate risk for severe weather for the Central Texas area for Monday, March 21

Strong tornadoes are possible this evening with golf ball to baseball size hail possible late this afternoon and evening.

Austin meteorologist Carlo Falco says storm threat modes will begin as hail, transition to large or very large hail, before becoming a tornado threat

Storms should fire along a dry line in the TX Hill Country near Hwy-281, moving east with tornado & hail threat approaching I-35 by 4-7 p.m

The storms will move east, maintaining or increasing in intensity across our eastern counties and along the coastal plain

They're expected to depart the Austin area by 9-11 p.m.

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