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Severe storms could sweep through the Austin area

Dark rain clouds fill the sky with the tops of trees visible along the bottom of the photo in April 2023.
Renee Dominguez
KUT News
Travis, Williamson, Bastrop and Burnet counties are at enhanced risk for severe storms Thursday.

The Austin area may get hit by severe storms into Thursday evening, with the main risks being large hail and damaging winds.

A couple tornadoes may also form in Central Texas and Southeastern parts of the state, according to the National Weather Service's Storm Prediction Center. Heavy rain may cause flooding.

A severe thunderstorm watch was in effect until 5 p.m. A 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.

Travis, Williamson, Bastrop and Burnet counties are in an enhanced risk zone for severe storms — or a 3 out of 5 risk on the NWS' severe weather outlook scale. The far northern portions of Hays and Caldwell counties are also included in the enhanced risk area, which means numerous severe storms are possible. Farther south, the area is in a lower, slight risk of severe storms.

When will the storms hit? The NWS says the chance for storms is mainly before 10 p.m. After Thursday, the forecast looks hot and dry.

Here are a few ways to receive weather alerts and stay informed:

If you're able to safely send us video or photos of the storm, such as hail or tree damage, you can submit it by emailing or direct messaging us on Instagram or Facebook.

Follow along for updates from the National Weather Service below:

Andy Jechow is the audience engagement editor for KUT News. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on Twitter at @AndyJechow.