(March 28, 2014) A dry line pushed through Central Texas Friday afternoon, triggering severe thunderstorms that produced high winds, heavy rain and hail the size of baseballs in some places.
The National Weather Service issued a series of severe thunderstorm warnings through the afternoon and into the early evening hours as the line of storms moved east.
Damage reports were beginning to come in Friday evening.
Citing media sources, the weather service said wind-driven hail shattered windows in a number of houses in the Dawson Ranch Subdivision in Belton.
There were also reports that high winds blew the windows out of a house near Belton High School.
In Centerville, the storms produced strong winds that downed or damaged large trees and damaged the side of a building.
A storm spotter reported winds as high as 60 miles per hour at Scott & White Hospital in Temple where hail as large as 1 inch fell.
Wind gusts as high as 67 miles per hour were recorded in Killeen.
Hail as large as 1 ¾ inch was reported five miles west of Temple.
Hail as large as 1 ¾ inch was also reported in Salado.
On U.S. Highway 190 near Fort Hood, 1 ¾ inch hail was reported.
Law enforcement reported high winds and 1 1/2-inch hail seven miles west of Gatesville in Coryell County.
Hail as large as 1 ½ inches was reported just outside of Meridian in Bosque County.
Storms produced 3/4-inch hail in Hico and nearly 1-inch hail in Lampasas, the National Weather Service said.
Weather may have been a factor in a series of crashes on Interstate 35 on the north side of Temple that backed up both northbound and southbound traffic.
Calmer weather is in store over the weekend.
Temperatures should fall into the upper 40s overnight, but should rise into the mid-70s on Saturday and upper 70s on Sunday under a sunny sky.
Monday should be clear with highs around 80.
A chance of rain appears in Tuesday’s forecast, however.