Severe weather hits nearly all parts of South Plains

Severe weather hits nearly all parts of South Plains
Clouds settle over Lubbock just before severe weather hits (Source: KCBD Video)

(KCBD) - Severe thunderstorms tracked across the South Plains viewing area Thursday afternoon and Thursday night.

Storms initially developed west of Lubbock and tracked to the east. Reports of hail began to show up around 4:15 p.m. from thunderstorms in the Wolfforth area in Southwest Lubbock County.

Shortly thereafter, reports of quarter-sized hail were reported west of Lubbock and just west of Milwaukee Avenue on 19th Street. Severe thunderstorms also developed north of Lubbock between 4:30 and 5 p.m. with hail reported at Hale Center and in the Plainview area.

Sixty-six mph wind gusts were reported from the Texas Tech Mesonet site near Aiken in Hale County shortly before 6 p.m. Severe weather peaked across the viewing area between 6 and 7 p.m. across Garza, Motley, Southeast Lubbock, Kent and Scurry counties.

Reports of large hail came in from areas between Slaton and Post along Highway 84. Official reports of roof damage were reported from the City Maintenance Building in Post at 6:30 p.m. Trees were uprooted three miles west of Lake Alan Henry according to law enforcement officials at 6:57 p.m. At 6:58 p.m.

Our KCBD First Alert Stormchaser David Drummond reported a 90 mph wind gust from his weather station mounted on his storm-chasing vehicle 3 miles southeast of Justiceburg in Garza County. Traffic was at a standstill due to hail and blinding rainfall in this region along US Highway 84.

An 83 mph wind gust was reported at the same time from the Texas Tech Mesonet station 1 mile northwest of Lake Alan Henry.

Damage was reported at an RV Park 4 miles northeast of Justiceburg. RV's were blown off including those that were tied down. Roof damage was also reported to the covers of RV bays in the same park according to law enforcement officials.

Roof damage was also reported at a boat storage facility 3 miles east of Justiceburg in Garza County. The storm built southward into Scurry County where a 59 mph gust was reported 7 miles northeast of Dermott at 7:24 p.m.

David Drummond reported strong wind gusts and blowing dust in Scurry County. Clouds were swirling in this area, but no official tornadoes were reported.

Dime-sized hail and 60 mph wind gusts were reported 10 miles northeast of Snyder in Scurry County at 8:09 p.m. Our severe storm event ended around 8:30 p.m. Thursday as storms exited the region.

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