Severe Weather Leaves Widespread Damage Across South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/5/06

Severe Weather Leaves Widespread Damage Across South Plains

One person is injured, three buildings destroyed, and one travel trailer missing, after severe thunderstorms blew through the South Plains area Friday evening. The Garza County Sheriff’s Office reported one person was taken to a Lubbock hospital due to injuries sustained when winds, gusting near 80 mph, hit the Lake Alan Henry area about 7:30 p.m. Damage occurred at Grubbs store and several other structures located near the lake. Most of the damage is along the road leading to the lake.

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Minor tornado damage was reported in Terry County. A center pivot irrigation system about 12 miles west of Meadow was damaged during a brief tornado touchdown. Storm spotters also reported brief tornado touchdowns about 12 miles northwest of Brownfield about 6 p.m. An unconfirmed tornado about 6 miles north of Plains was reported by viewers.

Softball size hail pounded Seminole. NewsChannel 11 spoke with Frenship High School student Seth Moore who was driving when the hail started. He said he had to pull over. The hail left significant damage on his windshield.

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In New Home, softball size hail damaged a number of vehicle windows. It also cancelled a New Home High school baseball game and sent fans and players running to the New Home gym for safety. There they found, the hail had broken out several sky-light windows in the gym.

Near Post, winds blew down power poles and trees. Numerous reports of large hail, and hail damage, came in through the early evening. Golf ball-size hail occurred at Woodrow, and near Plains and Brownfield. Viewers from across the area reported large hail, very heavy rain, and street and highway flooding.

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