UPDATE, 8:05 a.m.: Oncor, the electricity delivery company, is reporting about 10 power outages in the Copperas Cove area, affecting about 120 customers. The Oncor power outage map, also shows about 11 outages in Killeen/Harker Heights, affecting about 100 customers.
11:15 p.m. Wednesday
The National Weather Service in Fort Worth has issued a
* Severe Thunderstorm Warning for...
Coryell County in central Texas...
Bell County in central Texas...
* Until 1215 AM CDT.
* At 1114 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line
extending from Evant to Copperas Cove, moving east at 35 mph.
HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts.
IMPACT...Expect damage to roofs, siding, and trees.
* Locations impacted include...
Killeen, Temple, Copperas Cove, Harker Heights, Belton, Gatesville,
McGregor, Fort Hood, Nolanville, Morgan`s Point Resort, Bartlett,
Salado, Little River-Academy, Holland, Evant, Mother Neff State
Park, Fort Gates, Oglesby and South Mountain.
This includes Interstate 35 between mile markers 278 and 298.
For your protection get inside a sturdy structure and stay away from
The National Weather Service extended its severe thunderstorm watch to include Bell County.
The watch is until 2 a.m. Thursday, according to the weather service.
Winds that could gust as high as 30 mph are the primary concern early Thursday for the Killeen area.
In the early part of the day, the forecast is for a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m., according to the National Weather Service. The storms at that time will make for widespread cloud cover and could be severe, according to Daniel Huckaby, meteorologist for the NWS in Fort Worth. Winds from the south during that time could reach as high as 25 mph and gust as high as 30 mph, he said.
For Wednesday night, meteorologists across the state had forecast severe thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes and up to baseball-size hail. Storms were expected to the west of the Interstate-35 corridor during the mid- to late evening hours Wednesday.
No severe weather was observed in Killeen by deadline Wednesday.
If caught outside during thunderstorms, enclosed buildings or cars can provide shelter, according to NWS. It is important to avoid open spaces, isolated objects and high ground as well as to stay away from bodies of water.
Residents were also warned by NWS to stay indoors and away from windows during potential tornado warnings. A “safe” room without windows and at least two walls sheltering residents from the outside should be occupied in the event of a tornado warning, NWS says.
Local entities, including the Killeen Independent School District, took precautions Wednesday in light of the forecast.
All after-school activities that had been scheduled for Wednesday were cancelled for Mountain View Elementary, Peebles Elementary, Clarke Elementary, Sugar Loaf Elementary, Timber Ridge Elementary and Eastern Hills Middle School due to the potential for severe weather, KISD officials said.
Principals sent out an automated message to parents to inform them of cancellations, according to KISD.
In addition, all sub varsity baseball games that had been scheduled for Wednesday night were cancelled. The Ellison High School baseball game at Waco Midway scheduled for Wednesday was moved to Thursday.
Severe weather is not expected for the rest of the week beyond early morning, according to NWS.
Thursday is expected to have a high of 72 and a low of 51.
The high on Friday is expected to be 75 with a low of 51.
The forecast on Saturday calls for a high of 80 with a low of 62.
Sunday’s forecast calls for a high of 82 with a low of 63.