Before the storms

Six-year-old Jeremiah Berger enjoys Tuesday’s pleasant weather by having fun at Denton’s North Lakes Park. On Wednesday, the National Weather Service is calling for showers and thunderstorms, with the possibility of severe thunderstorms later in the afternoon into the evening.

Storms hitting Denton County late Wednesday afternoon could bring damaging winds, hail up to the size of baseballs and isolated tornadoes.

The storm cell will hit the region sometime after 4 p.m. and will head northeast through the Dallas-Fort Worth area into Wednesday night.

“The tornado threat is low; the main threat is the hail and wind,” said Bianca Villanueva, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth.

Winds could be between 60 and 75 mph. The storm cell shouldn’t bring more than an inch of rain, and should fade out of the area overnight, Villanueva said. Once it clears, the weather will be mostly clear through the weekend.

Jody Gonzalez, Denton County emergency services director, said he and other emergency management officials around the state have been in talks with the National Weather Service this week, and will talk again Wednesday.

Denton County and local news stations will also have the latest weather reports throughout the day. People should make sure to keep tabs on how the storm could change, Gonzalez said.

“We don’t want people to be scared, but to be weather aware and know where to shelter themselves,” he said. “Go to the center of the home with no windows. If it’s full of stuff, maybe it’s time to clear it out.”

While there isn’t much work the county can do to prepare for Wednesday’s storms, there will be road crews on call for flooding or road damage.

“We’ll be ready and keep an eye on it like anybody else,” Gonzalez said.

JENNA DUNCAN can be reached at 940-566-6889 and via Twitter at @jennafduncan.

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