Sunday storms leave South Plains cleaning up debris - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/15/09

Sunday storms leave South Plains cleaning up debris

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By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Sunday's storms swept through the South Plains very quickly. Though they lasted just minutes the damage they left behind was plenty, leaving area residents to begin the cleanup process.

With reported wind gusts in Lubbock County of 66 miles per hour and 82 miles per hour in Brownfield, it was the wind that caused problems for folks around the Hub City. Residents made the most of the sunny day, cleaning up and assessing the damage left by Mother Nature.

David Diaz spent the Monday morning assessing the damage to his cousin's storage unit in Brownfield just off Main Street. "We had just put it up two months ago and when I heard 82 mile per hour winds I had to come and check. Sure enough, it took it right off," says Diaz. He's estimating around $15,000 to $20,000 worth of damage to the roof, but says his insurance should cover it. "Thankfully no one was hurt," adds Diaz.

The storm continued to move North East at 55 miles per hour producing damaging winds and tennis ball sized hail in some parts of the South Plains. Storms rolled through the area between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The strong winds knocked a playhouse over in South Lubbock, and shattered car windows.

A portable fireworks stand on East 19th was thrown 30 feet and landed on the other side of a fence. Phillip Fulghum spent the morning looking at the damage and said he would probably be able to salvage part of the structure. "From time to time it happens. This building was refurbished in 2005 and with bad storms it just tears the building up, tosses it in the ditch and we just have to go and get it," says Fulghum.

The wind bounced the Martin's trampoline 50 feet out of their yard in Idalou. Just down the street a cargo trailer was flipped over and the wind twisted an irrigation pivot upside down. The South Plains Electric Co-Op crews worked into the night Sunday to restore power to residents in Idalou. They spent the day replacing 12 electrical poles that were destroyed by the wind between New Deal and Slaton.

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