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Severe weather moves through the Austin area Thursday night

The Texas State Capitol Building is seen through a rainy windshield.
Michael Minasi
KUT News
Counties that could see severe thunderstorms and hail Thursday include Travis, Williamson, Bastrop and Hays.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for more than a dozen counties — including Travis, Williamson, Hays, Caldwell and Bastrop — until midnight Friday. The National Weather Services says large hail and damaging winds are the main threats, but an isolated tornado is also possible.

A tornado warning for southeastern Hays County, including San Marcos, expired at 8:45 p.m.

A severe thunderstorm watch means storms are capable of forming, and you should be prepared to take action if it progresses into a warning. A severe thunderstorm warning means there is "imminent danger to life and property," and you should take shelter immediately, according to the NWS.

The NWS recommends keeping an eye on the forecast and making sure you have multiple ways to receive emergency weather alerts.

Here are a few ways to stay informed:

Scattered storms are expected in Central Texas over the weekend, bringing cooler temperatures.

Chelsey Zhu is the digital producer at KUT. Got a tip? You can email her at