High Wind Warning issued for South Plains

From National Weather Service:

Very strong winds and blowing dust expected across the South Plains, Southern panhandle and rolling plains this afternoon and evening.

A Dust Storm Warning and A High Wind Warning are in effect from 11 am this morning to 10 pm CST this evening.

The National Weather Service in Lubbock has issued a Dust Storm Warning and a High Wind Warning, which are both in effect from 11 am this morning to 10 pm CST this evening.

  • Timing: winds will quickly increase as skies begin to clear late this morning. A fast moving cold front will continue the threat for high winds through the evening.
  • Winds: West to Southwest between 35 and 45 mph with gusts around 70 mph becoming northwest this evening.
  • Visibility: widespread blowing dust at times reducing visibility to 1/4 mile or less.
  • Impacts: travel will become hazardous and is discouraged. Especially for high profile vehicles. Winds of this speed will generate extensive blowing dust with visibility reduced to near zero, especially immediately adjacent to open fields, construction sites and dry lake beds. Sustained winds of this magnitude can result in downed power lines and power outages.

Recommended actions

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

Residents should secure lightweight outdoor objects such as holiday decorations and trash cans.

A Dust Storm Warning means severely limited visibilities are expected with blowing dust. Travel could become extremely dangerous. Persons with respiratory problems should make preparations to stay indoors until the storm passes.