WATCH LIVE: Severe thunderstorm threat diminishing

WATCH LIVE: Severe thunderstorm threat diminishing
Tornado over Sudan by ?Mike Woods
Tornado over Sudan by ?Mike Woods
Tornado Watch Area (Source: KCBD Graphic)
Tornado Watch Area (Source: KCBD Graphic)
Source: David Drummond, KCBD
Source: David Drummond, KCBD

UPDATE 11:48 p.m.: A Severe Thunderstorm Warning has been issued for northern Hale County until 12:15 a.m.

We're waiting to see if the Tornado Watch will be extended through overnight. Storms are still expected to hit the Lubbock area between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.

...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 1215 AM CDT FOR NORTHERN HALE COUNTY... At 1142 PM CDT, a severe thunderstorm was located near Halfway, moving northeast at 30 mph. HAZARD...60 mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Hail damage to vehicles is expected. Expect wind damage to roofs...siding and trees. Locations impacted include... Plainview, Halfway, Seth Ward and Edmonson. HAIL...1.00IN WIND...60MPH

For your protection move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building

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A Tornado Watch has expired for the western South Plains, replaced by a Severe Thunderstorm Watch through 7 a.m.

Storms will fire in those areas and move into the western South Plains with large hail and high winds. Some isolated tornado development is possible with a few storms.

Activity will become widespread late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning with overnight storms primarily producing large hail, high winds and heavy rainfall.

Storms will move east out of the area by morning and gusty, dry westerly winds will move in and warm the afternoon. Highs on Wednesday should make it to 80 degrees with winds at 20-30 mph and higher.

A few reminders: Watch for updates, and possible watches, warnings, and advisories which may - likely will - be issued. Make sure your KCBD First Alert Weather App is updated and your Weather Radio is in Alert Mode. Forecast updates are available 24-7 on our Weather Page and in our Weather app. Additional information is shared during our Weather Cast, on air at 12, 4, 5, 6, and 10 p.m. and during Daybreak Today every Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 7 a.m. (and weekends from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.)

TORNADO SAFETY

If you know what to do before, during and after a tornado, you will minimize your risk of injury and increase your chances of survival.

A Tornado Watch means that tornado development is possible in and near the watch area. A watch will cover many counties over a large area, in our part of the country sometimes including parts of as many as five states (think TX, NM, OK, CO, KS). Watch the sky for developing thunderstorms and associated hazards. Stay tuned to weather radio, KCBD, or commercial radio for weather statements or warnings that may be issued.

A Tornado Warning, issued usually for one or two counties at a time, means that a tornado has been sighted or indicated by radar. People in the path of the storm need to immediately find shelter, preferably in a sturdy building - below ground if possible.

Some tornado safety tips.

In homes or small buildings - Go to the basement or storm shelter if available. Otherwise to an interior room, such as a closet or bathroom, on the lowest level. Get under something sturdy, such as a heavy table or bed. Always stay away from windows and never attempt to open them during severe weather.

In mobile homes and vehicles - Abandon them and go to a nearby storm shelter or sturdy structure. If not available, lie flat in a ditch, ravine, gully, culvert, or a low spot, with your arms and hands shielding your head.

In large buildings, such as schools, factories, hospitals, nursing homes, and shopping centers - Go to the designated shelter area if available. Otherwise seek shelter in an interior hallway on the lowest floor, or an interior bathroom. Stay away from rooms that are large in area because the roofs are not as well supported and are more likely to collapse.

If you have them, outfit children and yourself with bike helmets. It's an extra layer of protection for your head, and brain.

In severe weather, stay up to date with our free weather app, weather radio, and/or turn up the volume on your TV so you can hear our coverage from your safe place.

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