A late night thunderstorm swept through the Lubbock area Wednesday night, leaving severe damage in its wake.
The high wind, hail and hard rains combined to cause extensive structural damage.
The rain roof of the Motor Inn on Marsha Sharp blew off. Fortunately, all residents were evacuated before the damage hit. Crews confirmed that there were no injuries.
Part of the roof was torn off the United Gas Station fuel canopy at 82nd and Frankford.
The roof of the Lubbock Heart Hospital was damaged and water leaked into 19 rooms. The hospital scrambled to move patients to other areas of the hospital.
The storm damaged the roof of the Ashley Furniture store allowing hail and rain to destroy furniture inside.
High winds took down a light structure at the LCU Chaps baseball field.
Several mobile homes were toppled over at an RV park in Slaton.
A mobile home was blown onto the road at North University and the North Loop.
A train in Slaton was derailed late Wednesday night because of the storm.
Trees across our viewing area were torn down, blocking roads and bringing down power lines. There was severe flooding in some areas.
The basement of City Hall flooded. At one point, the flooding at 27th and Ave. X was enough to completely submerge a car.
Water covered roadways throughout Lubbock County: on areas of FM 179; at FM 835 near the Buffalo Springs entrance and at the intersection of Erskine and Milwaukee.
We received various reports of damage caused by pea-sized to golf ball-sized hail. The hail combined with strong winds knocked car and home windows out.
A handful of cars seeking shelter from the hail pulled under the fuel canopy at the 7-Eleven at Parkway and Zenith. Shortly after, the roof of the canopy collapsed shutting off gas pumps.
Power lines went down all over the city. According to LP&L, an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 customers experienced outages at any one time. Outages took out street lights throughout the city for several hours. Crews worked quickly to repair downed lines as reports came in.
The Lubbock Fire Department said, "From 10:30 p.m. to 4 a.m. the LFD responded to 106 calls for assistance. Those calls included responses to blown off roofs, downed power lines, structure fires, a water rescue, medical assistance, just to name a few."
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