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Tornado watch north of Austin is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday

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Michael Minasi
KUT News
The tornado watch area includes Williamson and Burnet counties.

The tornado watch has expired.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for the area north of Austin until 10 p.m. Wednesday. The watch area includes Williamson and Burnet counties.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for tornadoes, and you should go over your emergency plans and be prepared to take shelter if a warning happens, according to the NWS. A tornado warning means a tornado has been sighted or indicated by a weather radar, and you should take shelter immediately.

There's also a risk for strong to severe storms in the Hill Country, large hail and damaging winds Wednesday evening, the NWS said.

As of early Wednesday evening, Travis County isn't included in the tornado watch because "[c]loud cover has kept Travis more stable" than counties to the north, the NWS said on X.

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