Walnut-sized hail is expected as the tornado hits North Texas on Sunday

At 12:11 a.m. Sunday, the National Weather Service issued an updated tornado warning. The warning applies to Collin, Fannin and Hunt counties.

Hail the size of a walnut (1.5 inches) is expected in the upcoming storm.

“At 12:11 p.m., a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado occurred near Blue Ridge, about 15 miles northwest of Greenville, moving eastward at 30 miles per hour,” the NWS said. “Flying debris will be dangerous to those caught without shelter. Mobile homes will be damaged or destroyed. Damage to roofs, windows and vehicles will occur. Damage to trees is likely.”

Prepare for the tornado to hit the following locations:

• Celeste around 12:15 p.m

• Wolfe City around 12:25 p.m

• Trade around 12:45 p.m

Other locations affected by this tornadic thunderstorm include Dial, Neylandville, Ladonia, Bug Tussle, Fairlie, Kellogg, Frognot, South Sulfur, Kingston and Bailey.

The NWS adds: “Take cover now! Get to an interior room on the lowest floor of a sturdy building. Avoid windows. If you are outdoors or in a vehicle, go to the nearest substantial shelter and protect yourself from flying debris. Tornadoes are extremely difficult to see and confirm at night. Don’t wait to see or hear the tornado. Take cover now!”

This warning applies until 1 a.m

Tips for finding shelter during a tornado

According to the NWS, acting quickly is the key to safety during a tornado. Keep listening to local news or a NOAA weather radio to stay informed about tornado watches and warnings.

• If you are indoors: If you become aware of a tornado warning, immediately seek refuge in your basement, safe room, or an interior room without windows. If there is enough time, take your pets with you.

• If you are at your workplace or school: Follow your tornado drill procedures and go to the designated tornado shelter area. Stay away from windows and avoid large open spaces such as cafeterias, gymnasiums or auditoriums.

• When outdoors: If confronted with an approaching tornado, seek shelter in a sturdy building. Please note that sheds, storage units, mobile homes and tents are not safe alternatives.

• If you are in a vehicle: Being in a vehicle during a tornado is not a safe option. Drive to the nearest shelter. If it is not possible to reach a safe shelter, crouch in your car and protect your head, or leave your car and seek shelter in a ditch or ravine.

Do you have an emergency kit ready in case a tornado comes?

The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends keeping the following items in a basic disaster supplies kit:

• Water, one gallon per person for at least three days

• Food, at least a three-day supply

• Mobile phone with chargers and a spare battery

• Radio on batteries or with hand crank

• Flashlight

• First aid kit

• Whistle

• Dust mask to filter polluted air

• Plastic sheeting and duct tape, for shelter purposes

• Wet towels, garbage bags and plastic ties

• Manual food can opener

• Local maps

Source: The National Weather Service

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