Violent Storms Could Visit Texas Motor Speedway Site

April 14, 2012; 6:10 AM ET
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Thunderstorms will hold off until after the Samsung Mobile 500 race in Fort Worth Saturday evening. However, concerns exist for campers and travelers after the event late at night into Sunday.

A life-threatening tornado outbreak will target the central and southern Plains late Saturday into Sunday.

Pinpointing exactly where thunderstorms will be a day ahead of time is very difficult. However, it appears the greatest risk for the strongest storms to cross the Dallas/Fort Worth area is 3:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Sunday.

While the timing of the storms is such that the potentially violent weather will wait until late at night in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there are still concerns for safety after the race ends.

The Sprint Cup race is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m. CDT Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway.

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Folks heading to the north and west on I-20 and I-35 following the race may run into the storms during the late-night hours.

People heading to the south and east during Sunday may run into the storms along I-20, I-35 and I-45.

It is strongly recommended that people stay advised of the whereabouts of the storms Saturday night and Sunday, by monitoring severe weather bulletins and radar, where possible by way of radio, TV, smart phones and laptop computers.

Since there is an elevated risk of violent thunderstorms, including tornadoes, well after dark over north-central Texas and neighboring Oklahoma, people traveling or camping out could be in harm's way for a several-hour period.

Folks will want to seek shelter in a secure building or below ground should severe weather threaten.

Campers do not offer adequate protection during tornadoes.

Have a plan of action in place prior to the storm's arrival.

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