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Tornado Outbreak Hits Rural South Plains

Tornados, softball size hail, flash flooding and high winds pounded parts of the South Plains throughout the afternoon and evening Thursday. Thunderstorms began shortly after lunch and continued until after midnight.

As of 1 a.m. Friday morning 90 watch/warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the South Plains area. 

  • 30 Tornado Watches/Warnings
  • 50 Thunderstorm Watches/Warnings
  • 10 Flash Flood Watches/Warnings

Timeline of Events from Thursday Evening

First reports of tornados came in as early 2:00 near Plainview with a touchdown reported just south of Plainview airport.

A second tornado was reported just 20 minutes later just Southeast of Plainview.

Nine miles north of Lockney at 3:45 p.m. storms chasers reported rare softball size hail.

From 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., the national weather service reported seven tornados east and northeast of the city of Lubbock.

High winds blew the roof off a convenience store near Lake Ransom Canyon, reported at 8:15 p.m.

A large tornado narrowly missed the community of Ralls around 9:00 p.m. Thursday. Storm spotters reported two tornados on the ground missing Ralls by about one quarter of a mile. Emergency responders in Ralls report damage to homes a half a mile west of town.

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