Severe thunderstorms bring wind, rain, hail to South Plains
Flooding on TTU campus, Main and Flint (Submitted by viewer)
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -
Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, severe wind gusts and large hail to portions of the KCBD viewing area Thursday evening.
Thunderstorms began to develop across the southern Texas Panhandle and northern Rolling Plains at 2 p.m. A late summer cold front, abnormally high moisture levels, and hot afternoon temperatures fueled thunderstorms through the afternoon. Storms built southwest along the cold front and began to impact Lubbock before 5 p.m.
Two separate thunderstorms brought 45 to 55 mile per hour wind gusts, quarter-size hail, and torrential rainfall to most of Lubbock within an hour.
Following the storm's peak, over 150 power outages were reported by Lubbock Power and Light. In central Lubbock, heavy rain fell in a short amount of time; producing flash flooding at the intersection of 9th and University.
Further south, widespread large hail, gusty winds, and heavy rain caused power outage-related traffic congestion in southwest Lubbock.
Storm damage was also observed outside of Lubbock, across the Rolling Plains.
After pushing east, storms organized into a large line and produced widespread damaging winds across the northern Rolling Plains. Several KCBD viewers reported large trees down across central Motley County following this line of severe thunderstorms.
While storm activity is expected to wind down Thursday evening, a chance of scattered strong thunderstorms remains in the forecast.
Stay tuned on-air, and online at www.kcbd.com, for the latest forecasts and breaking weather coverage.