Massive Storms Wreak Havoc Across The South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/3/06

Massive Storms Wreak Havoc Across The South Plains

Severe thunderstorms moved into the South Plains around 5pm Wednesday afternoon.  The thunderstorms brought hail, heavy rain and damaging winds.

As severe storms moved through northeast Lubbock County, one woman found herself in an extremey dangerous situation. 

A power line apparently fell on top of her car, then trapped her inside, as she was stuck between two poles. It happened near the intersection of County Road 5100 and Farm to Market 789, which is five miles South of Petersburg. Emergency workers were able to rescue her, without injury.

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By 8pm, winds brought down power lines and caused outages in Anton, Shallowater and New Deal.  Public Works Director and New Deal Chief of Police Sam Butler told NewsChannel 11 the power out forced the city to reduce the water pressure to residents.  He says it's a precautionary measure to keep the city's sewer plant from flooding.

In Anton, strong winds blew over a grain silo.  NewsChannel 11 crews reported seeing debris scattered across the area.  Authorities tell us power lines snapped and fell over a train track, forcing them to shut down a railroad temporarily.  The National Weather Service also received a report of wind blowing off the roof of a house in Anton. 

Kent County may have sustained the most severe damage. Storm chasers reported seeing a tornado touch down in an open field.  However, that has not been confirmed by the National Weather Service.  The agency did confirm reports of baseball size hail and wind gusts up to 82 miles an hour in the area.

Meanwhile, in Muleshoe, firefighters spent the evening hours battling a grassfire they say was caused by a lightning strike.

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