High winds, lightning and hail brought by severe thunderstorms caused damage across the South Plains Wednesday night.
The centerfield wall at Lubbock Christian University's Hays Field collapsed during the storm, according to LCU sports information director Chris Due. Standing at 15 feet high, the cinder block wall toppled down into a pile due to large winds. No injuries were reported.
Lubbock police also reported windows blown out of vehicles and a light pole blown over on the Texas Tech campus.
Viewers reported large trees and tree limbs knocked down on or near structures and power lines in west Lubbock and north of Idalou along FM 400. As of 6:30 p.m. LP&L's online power outage map showed more than two dozen reported outages, mostly in the western half of Lubbock.
A massive tree was uprooted at a home near Chicago Avenue and 29th Street. Only a small part of the roof was hit by the branches. Just blocks down the road a large tree branch fell on a car parked along the street. "It was just lightening and thundering, the rain was just so bad. I heard this crash... just a loud boom," Geraldine Phillips said. "I looked out side and said 'Oh No!'."
Her neighbor's car had been hit by the falling limbs.
KCBD is also investigating reports of fires caused by lightning strikes, including a house fire southeast of Preston Smith International Airport and a grass fire near the airport.
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