Tornado touches down near Sundown

Photo of the tornado that touched down near Sundown (Provided by David Drummond)
Photo of the tornado that touched down near Sundown (Provided by David Drummond)
Submitted by Lorenzo and Stephanie Sanchez
Submitted by Lorenzo and Stephanie Sanchez

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A tornado touched ground near Sundown in Hockley County and tornado sirens went off in Levelland Wednesday night as hail and high winds swept through the area.

KCBD's Cary Allen has provided a detailed timeline of Wednesday's events:

The first severe thunderstorm warning was issued at 4:47 p.m. for Hockley County as the storm began to intensify. Quarter-sized hail was reported 2 miles southeast of Whiteface at 5:03 p.m.

At 5:22 p.m. our stormchaser David Drummond reported that the cloud base was starting to rapidly rotate. Weather Service confirmed his analysis. NWS concluded that baseball-sized hail was likely in this storm.

David Drummond then reported the first tornado touchdown at 5:30 p.m., about 6 miles northwest of Sundown. A Tornado Warning was issued at 5:31 p.m. At 5:33 p.m., David Drummond noted that there was a multiple vortex circulation on the ground near the same location.

A secondary report of a tornado was received at 5:34 p.m. for an area about 8 miles southwest of Levelland. The National Weather Service commented that a funnel was halfway to the ground at 5:35 p.m. The tornado touched down again at 5:36 p.m. with multiple reports of a tornado on the ground 4.5 miles northwest of Sundown.

The tornado went up and then reformed touching down again at 5:40 p.m. It crossed FM 1585 about 4 miles northwest of Sundown at 5:41 p.m. live on KCBD as David Drummond was on location.

At 5:46 p.m., David Drummond reported that a roof was taken off of a building about 4 miles northwest of Sundown. Sheet metal was wrapped in fences and on the road. A large tree was knocked down. At 5:48 p.m., baseball-sized hail was reported 4 miles north-northwest of Sundown.

Baseball-sized hail continued through 5:53 p.m. about three to four miles north of Sundown from several storm spotters in the area. The Tornado Warning expired at 6 p.m. but lowerings were reported several times through 6:15 p.m. before tornado threats diminished.

Large hail was also noted Wednesday evening near Muleshoe and Lamesa. Frequent lightning and small hail was reported in Southwest Lubbock and Wolfforth around 8:30 p.m.

Storms have calmed down to below severe limits and the Severe Thunderstorm Watch was canceled around 9:30 p.m.

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