KCBD First Alert: Severe weather moves through South Plains

KCBD First Alert: Severe weather moves through South Plains

UPDATE: 1:04 a.m. - Hockley County has reopened FM 597 to traffic, saying they will return to the area in the morning to get more information about the storm damage.

The Snyder Fire Department is currently on the scene of trailers flipped over during Tuesday night’s storm.

KTXS in Abilene is reporting 1,500 power outages in Snyder as of 12:45 a.m., and that the intersection of 25th Street and College Ave. in downtown Snyder was closed due to downed power lines and that crews are looking for debris reported along Huffman Ave. in the northern part of the city.

UPDATE: 12:34 a.m. - Hockley County Sheriff Ray Scifres says the county’s Emergency manager reports they have storm damage that is “consistent with” tornado damage at a home along FM 597 1/2 mile east of Spade Road just outside the city of Anton. Scifres tells KCBD deputies are rerouting traffic at the intersection and that TxDOT and power crews are on the scene.

Scifres says they county will meet with the National Weather Service Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. to assess the damage and debris.

UPDATE 12:15 a.m. - As Flood Advisory expires for Lubbock, the city has returned to normal operations.

UPDATE 12:00 a.m. - Storm has moved through the South Plains with reports of heavy rain and possible damage in some parts. The National Weather Service says a preliminary report of possible tornado damage was reported to a home and power lines in the Hockley County town of Anton.

In Lubbock, police report the creek crossing entrance at MacKenzie Park off East Broadway has been barricaded due to high water.

Additional street flooding has been reported along 34th and 50th streets. Viewer Alexandrea Pando sent in this video from 50th at Ave. T and 50th and University:

Viewer Video: 50th Street Flooding

Thanks to KCBD viewer Alexandrea Pando for this video of street flooding along 50th Street Tuesday evening.

Posted by KCBD NewsChannel 11 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019
LIVE VIDEO

LIVE: Tower camera of storm moving into Lubbock.(No audio on feed)

Posted by KCBD NewsChannel 11 on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

UPDATE 10:50 p.m. - LP&L reports a total of 230 customers lost power during the storm.

UPDATE 10:15 p.m. - The National Weather Service says a FLOOD Advisory is in effect for the City of Lubbock until 12:15 a.m. Wednesday. The city reports we could see flash flooding in low-lying areas.

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The forecast squall-line (read on) is taking shape over eastern New Mexico and is rapidly moving east (individual storms within the line are moving northeast). Some severe storms have developed, and some are likely this evening as the line moves across the KCBD viewing area. There is a low threat of isolated tornadoes.

The most likely time for any tornadic supercells is through mid-evening, which will tend to limit these storms to the western viewing area. As the line progress east additional severe storms are expected, but the main severe threat will be damaging wind gusts, 58 mph or greater. A secondary threat will be hail, some of which may be one to two inches in diameter. The wind threat will be high as the line passes through the central South Plains, which includes the Lubbock and Plainview areas. As the line moves east the tornado threat will gradually diminish.

VIDEO OF TORNADO NEAR HAGERMAN, NM (COURTESY SHANI PITZER)

KOSA CBS7 NEWS VIEWER VIDEO OF TORNADO NEAR LOVING, NM

VIDEO: Of a confirmed Tornado touchdown near Loving, NM. Big thank you to Yadira Lujan & stay safe. This storm is moving east at 30mph along 128 in New Mexico in Eddy County.

Posted by CBS7 News on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The First Alert Weather Team is continuing the designation of a “First Alert Weather Day” through this evening to emphasize the potential for severe and damaging weather and call attention to weather which may interfere with normal activity and/or cause you to alter your plans. It’s our way of giving you an extra heads-up on weather which may disrupt the everyday flow of life here on the South Plains.

The squall line will be a north-south oriented line of strong to severe storms moving quickly from west to east. Initial activity may begin earlier than the times listed, but I anticipate the strongest storms at approximately the following times (give or take 30 minutes or so):

- NM-TX state line, far western viewing area: 9 PM.

- Levelland area: 9:30 PM.

- Lubbock and Plainview area, the central viewing area: 10 PM.

- Near the Caprock: 11 PM.

- Off the Caprock: 12 AM.

- Exiting the far eastern viewing area: 3 AM.

A Tornado Watch is in effect until 11 PM for the far western KCBD viewing area, including the counties on both sides of the state line. An additional Tornado or Severe Thunderstorm Watch is likely for most if not all the viewing area this evening. Please refer to the Interactive Radar here on our Weather Page for the latest.

At 8 p.m. City of Lubbock officials activated their Emergency Operations Center and will staff it through the storm. They have updated a resource page with information for residents.

Take advantage of the Interactive Radar here, as well as in our free KCBD First Alert Weather App, for the latest conditions and any Warnings, Watches, or Advisories which may be issued. In either, go to the Layers Menu and make sure you have the Tornado/Severe icon/tile highlighted. Once you see a warning/watch/advisory on the radar, tap on it to bring up additional information. Also, you'll find a lot of additional information in the videos we post on both our Weather Page and in our Weather App.

You can check for cloud-to-ground lightning strikes using the Interactive Radar, too. On either platform check to make sure you have the Lightning layer active by tapping/clicking the layers menu icon, and tapping/clicking the Lightning icon under the Overlays section. In the Weather Page radar, the icon square will darken and a check mark will appear in the upper right corner of the icon when active. In the Weather App radar, the icon square will become a light grey when active.

The First Alert Weather Day designation continues for Wednesday. High winds, sustained at 40 to 45 mph with gusts near 70 mph are likely. A HIGH WIND WARNING is in effect until 10 PM tomorrow. Property damage and power outages may become an issue, along with low visibility in blowing dust. The wind will create another travel hazard as it makes control of high-profile vehicles and light-weight vehicles difficult - especially on north-south oriented roads such as 214, 385, I27-US87, 207, US70, 208, and US83.

Watch for updates, and possible watches, warnings, and advisories which may be issued. Don't rely solely on social media for that! Make sure our Weather App is updated and your Weather Radio is in Alert Mode. Watch for possible updates to our forecast on our Weather Page here. You can download our free KCBD First Alert Weather App for iOS here https://apple.co/2sevJ4N, and for Android here https://bit.ly/2IQrALz.

Please refer to our Weather Page (kcbd.com/weather) for our latest forecast.

Steve's First Alert Severe Weather Forecast

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