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Another line of storms has developed west of Interstate 35. Additional precipitation, gusty winds and small hail will be possible with these storms as they move east/northeast this morning.
Today will be warm, wet and breezy with scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms . Highs will be mostly in the 70s. A cold front will move into North Texas this afternoon and reach a Bonham to Breckenridge line by 3 PM. A few strong to severe storms are possible this afternoon southeast along and southeast of a Bonham to Goldthwaite line. South winds 15 to 25 mph will shift to the north as a cold front passes.
Widespread showers and embeded thunderstorms will occur across North and Central Texas tonight. A strong to severe storms will be possible this evening ahead of a cold front that will extend southeast of a Sulphur Springs to Comanche line by 9 PM. Large hail and damaging winds and an isolated tornado are possible. Cloud to ground lightning and heavy rainfall that could lead to flooding will be a threat with any of the thunderstorms.
It will be cloudy, breezy and colder Wednesday with a 90 to 100 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms. Highs will be in the mid 30s northwest to around 60 southeast. Expect north winds 10 to 20 mph with gusts over 25 mph at times.
Rain chances will continue today (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Rain chances will linger into Thursday as well. Due to abundant moisture and lift, there will be a risk of flooding. The flooding will most likely be confined to low-lying and flood-prone areas, as well as small streams and creeks. Isolated instances of Flash Flooding will be possible. Check back to the forecast for updates!
Join us Tuesday, February 20th, for our SKYWARN class in Cooper, Texas (Delta County) at the Delta County Civic Center. We will be hosting the basic session from 6 PM to 8PM. All SKYWARN classes are free and open to all ages. No registration is required!
Join us Tuesday, February 20th, for our SKYWARN class in Glen Rose, Texas (Somervell County) at the Somervell County Fire Department. We will be hosting the basic session from 630 PM to 830PM. All SKYWARN classes are free and open to all ages. No registration is required!

 
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Lightning Intro
Did you Know
Lightning Safety
Myths vs. Facts

Lightning, on average, causes 93 deaths and 300 injuries each year. In Texas alone, 34 people have been killed by lightning during the last nineCounty Area Map Showing Lightning Injuries and Deaths years. 184 injuries and nearly 23 million dollars (est.) in damages can also be attributed to Texas lightning since the beginning of 1995.  

So if lightning causes so much death and destruction, why is it called the underrated killer? 
Because often we fail to follow safety precautions, especially when we are caught outdoors, where most lightning deaths and injuries occur. Did you know that if you can hear thunder, you are close enough to be struck by lightning? 

Protect yourself and others from the underrated killer by reading more of our did-you-knows, myths versus facts, and lightning safety tips.

Texas Lightning Stats from Jan 1, 1999 through Mar 31, 2000

 

Texas Lightning Stats

Year

Killed Injured Damage
2004 3 58 .74M
2003 4 5 3.6M
2002 2 5 .97M
2001 1 6 1.4M
2000 5 19 .20M
1999 3 11 2.5M
1998 2 11 .88M
1997 3 34 6.4M
1996 6 7 4.4M
1995 5 28 1.7M

 

How To Estimate Lightning Distance
(miles from strike)

5 Second Rule PictureCount the seconds between the lightning and the thunder, then divide by 5.