Tree Falls on House in Dayton

DAYTON, April 14, 2012 - The first known causality of the high, gusty winds forecasted by the National Weather Service to occur on Saturday afternoon appeared to have happened in Dayton when a large tree in a neighbor's yard fell on a house at the corner of Merritt and N. Prairie Street in Dayton around 2:30 PM this afternonn.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a risk of some strong to severe thunderstorms Sunday afternoon through Sunday night. There is also a chance of some locally heavy rainfall Sunday afternoon through Monday.

Expect a line of showers and thunderstorms to move into northern portions of the area Sunday afternoon along and ahead of a cold front. There will be a risk of some strong to severe thunderstorms generally north of interstate 10 Sunday afternoon through Sunday night as the cold front works its way across southeast Texas. Strong winds and large hail will be the primary severe weather threat...and isolated tornadoes will be possible too. Locally heavy rainfall is also possible with training strong cells.

The cold front could stall near the coast on Monday morning. If this happens...locally heavy rainfall could focus near the coast and offshore. The threat for locally heavy rainfall further inland would be possible if the front does not make it to the coast.

Rainfall totals Sunday afternoon through Monday evening are expected to average 1 to 3 inches with isolated totals of 3 to 5 inches possible.
The heaviest rain will likely occur north of highway 59 Sunday afternoon and evening...and south of highway 59 Sunday night and Monday. If the
Frontal boundary ends up making it further off the coast...rainfall totals for this event would end up lower than expected.

We will continue to monitor this potential hazardous weather event and update the forecast as additional information becomes available.

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