Wind and dust blow through town Tuesday - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/8/09

Wind and dust blow through town Tuesday

By Ann Wyatt Little - bio | email

Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - What a difference a few hours makes as the wind has died down to a breeze.

The winds have calmed down significantly but earlier Tuesday it was a completely different story.

The NewsChannel 11 Tower Cam captured the storm as it rolled into town. Hurricane strength winds were reported across the South Plains. Gusts of 68 mph were reported at Reese around 3 p.m. Tuesday and about five miles away, around the same time, residents at the Twin Oaks Apartment heard what they described as a "loud bang." The wind sheered bricks off the side of the building.

Warning Coordination Meteorologist Jody James with the National Weather Service says it's not out of the question to see winds like these in December. "If you get damage to property doesn't matter what kind wind did damage but these winds can damage small light structures and down utility lines. That's always a problem when we get this kind of weather," adds James.

A few utility lines around town were leaning over. LP&L and Xcel reported some customers were without power, but service was quickly restored. 

High winds contributed to a fire that NewsChannel 11 viewers captured just south of Denver City.

Despite the gusts folks went on with business as usual. April Howard kept ringing her bell at her Salvation Army kettle. "It wasn't like this earlier. I was standing out here and it was sunny and I was like it's too windy but it's for a good cause," says Howard.

"It's nasty. The wind is blowing so hard it's trying to push you back," says Keith Burton as he waited for the bus.

There were no reports of trucks that flipped over because of the wind which is good news because it certainly could have happen given the conditions.

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