Hurricane strength winds knock semi truck over - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock


83 mph winds rip through Lynn County, knocking 18-wheeler over

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Lubbock, TX (KCBD) - Clean-up crews in Lynn County spent Monday night picking up after severe storms ripped through the area late in the afternoon.

"When it started it might have been two seconds," says Clint McCoy who made it out of his 32,000 pound semi-truck without a scratch. That is the amount of time it took for hurricane strength winds to knock his big rig over. McCoy pulled over on the side of U.S. 87 a few miles north of Tahoka because of poor visibility.

"I'm fine, just a pretty good jolt other than that I'm alright," says McCoy about his trip from Odessa to Amarillo that unexpectedly stopped. "I've got a couple angels on the windshield which probably helped me."

Storms swept through Lynn County Monday afternoon downing tree limbs, drenching roads and left many temporarily without power.

Pieces of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church metal roof landed on the ground and in power lines. Tahoka city crews worked to clear limbs and debris off streets. But back on U.S. 87 just north of Tahoka where McCoy's truck blew over five utility poles snapped and fell like dominoes and crews worked to replace utility poles and power to nearby residents.

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