Severe thunderstorms possible on city electiion day

Sonny Long

May 10, 2013 at 12:10 a.m.

Thunderstorms are expected across most of South Texas on Saturday with the possibility that some could be severe, according to the National Weather Service.

The chance of rain is 60 percent.

"Large hail, golf ball size or larger, will be a concern with severe thunderstorms," said meteorologist Lara Keys. "Damaging wind gusts in excess of 58 mph are also a risk with this activity. An isolated tornado or two also cannot be ruled out."

Keys said the weather, which began taking a turn for the worse Friday, was caused in part by plentiful moisture from the Gulf of Mexico that had been building in South Texas ahead of an approaching front.

"Forecast average rainfall estimates are currently highest across the Victoria Crossroads and Northeastern Coastal Bend at roughly 1 inch total for the next few days," Keys said. "It is possible, however, that localized heavy downpours under a thunderstorm could produce higher amounts of rain."

A year ago - May 10, 2012 - the area was hit with an outbreak of thunderstorms that produced a record 16 tornadoes in 18 hours in the Corpus Christi National Weather Service warning area, according to the Corpus Christi National Weather Service website.

More than 30 reports of damaging winds and 20 reports of large hail also occurred that day.



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