Severe thunderstorms bring rain, hail, lightning - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Severe thunderstorms bring rain, hail, lightning to the South Plains


The South Plains faced severe thunderstorms and tornado warnings Sunday night, including a lightning strike that briefly took KCBD NewsChannel 11 off the air.

It's the same power outage that hit a fairly large section of central Lubbock.  Lightning strikes and/or downed power lines were reported at 50th and I-27, 50th & Avenue Q, and East 19th Street & East Loop 289.  Most of the power has been restored.  By 9:00 AM Monday only 3 customers in Lubbock Power & Light's territory had a power outage.


Lightning is also to blame for an oil battery fire in northwest Lubbock. Around 12:30 this morning, lighting hit the storage tank, near County Road 2300 and FM 26-41, northwest of Hillcrest Country Club.

Crews were able to get the fire out and no one was injured.


KCBD's John Robison says, "Severe storms may redevelop across portions of west Texas Sunday night into Monday morning. Primary threats will be high winds and large hail. A frontal boundary will bring the storm potential Sunday night, with strong winds and cooler temps beginning Monday."

The town of Memphis in Hall County reported storm damage.  There were reports of trees uprooted, a collapsed wall at a health clinic and heavy damage to the high school football stadium press box.

For most residents, the biggest threat Sunday night was hail between pea to marble size.

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(James Clark contributed to this report.)

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