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Texas again under threat of blistering winds, large hail as severe weather endures for 11th consecutive day

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HOUSTON – Texas is no stranger to severe weather in the late spring, but even die-hard Texans are likely wondering when enough will be enough.Friday marks the 11th consecutive day with severe weather threatening parts of the Lone Star State. After West Texas endured tornadoes and severe storms on Thursday, leaving at least one injured in Odessa, the threat of severe storms shifted east Friday.A line of strong to severe thunderstorms rolled through East Texas Friday morning. Wind gusts reached 64 mph near Waco with reports of trees snapped and power lines down early Friday morning.The line of storms eventually moved into the Houston area. Gusts reached 40-50 mph with baseball-sized hail reported at the National Weather Service forecast office outside of League City, Texas.That cluster of thunderstorms shifted into Louisiana and Arkansas Friday afternoon, while another area of severe thunderstorms was poised to reform in western and central Texas.San Antonio and Midland, Texas were placed in a Level 2 out of 5 severe thunderstorm risk Friday.  Storms could see severe wind with gusts over 60 mph and large hail into late Friday evening, the FOX Forecast Center said. Some 200,000 people still remain without power in Texas, according to PowerOutage.US, from the week’s storm – a majority in the Dallas and East Texas area. Another area of severe storms is possible along the Front Range into the Central High Plains for again large hail and damaging wind gusts. It’s been a stormy couple days in eastern Colorado and the forecast remains stormy for the start of the weekend. Severe storms are expected to refire around early Saturday afternoon and severe storms with golf-ball sized hail, frequent lightning and wind gusts over 60 mph are possible, including the areas just east of Denver.DENVER METRO AREA HIT BY LARGEST HAIL IN 35 YEARS AS BASEBALL-SIZED STONES PUMMEL AREA”A Saturday in Colorado is about hiking, golfing, getting in your boat,” said FOX Weather Meteorologist Britta Merwin. “We have thunderstorms that are going to be developing right along the mountains and into the front range as early as lunch time, so don’t play with it. Get out early, get your fun stuff in. By the time we get to about 2 o’clock, pack it in for the day, or at least have a really safe place to go quickly. Don’t be caught out in the middle of Rocky Mountain National Park on Saturday afternoon, it’s going to be too big of a risk…. it’s a state that struggles with lightning deaths.”The storms will drift east into western Nebraska and Kansas later in the day.Flash flooding is possible this week across the Plains and as far north and east as the Midwest. The bull’s-eye for the heaviest rain will shift each day, pivoting from the south, back to the north and repeating.Big cities like Dallas are dealing with heavy rain and a flash flooding threat as 3-5 inches of rain is expected to drench the region. Many locations across the South are running well above average for rain this year, whereas some locations in the central Plains would like to get in on the wet weather.Based on the pattern, the FOX Forecast Center said it is a safe bet that just about everyone in the central part of the country will get some rain this week.

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