High winds hit the South Plains, damage reported - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/8/09

High winds hit the South Plains, damage reported

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Lubbock experienced near hurricane force winds as gusts of over 70 miles per hour were reported in the area.

In Friona, Texas a wind gust of 62mph has been reported. A gust of 58mph was reported in Brownfield with a report of a utility poles knocked down throughout the city. There was also a utility pole knocked down in Morton, Texas with wind gusts of 68mph. Plains is registering gusts of 65mph with reports of utility poles knocked down throughout Yoakum County. Denver City is reporting 69mph gusts. Utility poles are also knocked down throughout Levelland with 66mph wind gusts. Reese Center is reporting 63mph gusts. In Dimmitt, 61mph have been reported.

There were also umerous reports of damage across the Hub City. Residents at the Twin Oaks Apartment in West Lubbock heard what they described as a "loud bang" sometime between 2:30 and 3 p.m. They walked outside and saw bricks laying on the ground. Maintence crews told residents that the wind was to blame for the damage caused to structure.

At 3:25 pm, volunteer firefighters from Woodrow got the call of a cotton module on fire along Slide Road south of Lubbock city limits.  Module fires can be common during times of high wind.

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