By James Clark | email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Dangerous winds, and small hail hit the Hub City early Thursday evening. TxDOT traffic cams on South Loop 289 showed reduced visibility at roughly the same time as several fender benders were reported.
Police radio communications seem to indicate no serious injuries. There was also at least one crash along the North Loop, and police were seen directing traffic at 50th and University.
Between 5:30 and 6:00 there was a report of pea size hail downtown near Interstate 27 and quarter size hail near Texas Tech. A wind gust of 70 miles per hour was reported in Wolfforth.
As of 6:00 PM the only damage reports from the National Weather Service were broken glass on a home or business close to the Wal Mart at 82nd and Milwaukee along with a downed tree in the same general area.
During the 6:00 PM hour there were more than 100 homes without power. Then during the 8:00 hour, a round of wind gusts led to damage reports including power lines down all over Lubbock. One such report came from a home in the 5500 block of 17th Street.
There was also a report of roof damage at the J.C. Penny store with flooding inside. However, store managers say the store will be open during normal store hours on Friday. Road signs and construction signs along Interstate 27 north of Loop 289 were blown over and in some cases damaged.
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