Rain, Wind, Blowing Dust Prove to be a Fatal Combination - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/22/06

Rain, Wind, Blowing Dust Prove to be a Fatal Combination

Rain, wind, lightning and blowing dust. All of those elements came together in Thursday's storms, leaving behind widespread damage and one fatality.

DPS Corporal John Gonzales says the man killed during the storms was 71-year-old James Brown of Lubbock.

High winds, blowing dust and a storm system that surprised almost everyone kicked up something almost no one would've expected: close to zero visibility on Highway 62/82.

Blowing dust literally blind sided numerous drivers causing two separate multiple car pile-ups, one near Ropesville and the other ten miles east of Brownfield. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers tell us one man died. They say he couldn't see the truck just feet ahead of him, he slammed into it killing him almost instantly.

Meanwhile, Lubbock firefighters were battling a cotton bir fire two miles east of the airport on Farm Road 1294. Nearby neighbors were burning trash when winds near 60 miles per hour carried the flames to the cotton bir pile, causing the fire to spark. The fire is now under control and firefighters report no injuries. 

At Dement Lighting, located at 45th and Interstate 27, the building was evacuated. A live power line was attached to a downed pole dangerously close to the building, causing concern for everyone inside. Crews arrived shortly after to shut off power and repair damages.

We took a look at National Weather Service data, which shows the path the storm took, heading  northeast to southwest, against the normal weather pattern.

National Weather Service Warning Service Coordinator Brian La Marre says, "usually, it's contrary to what we always say, storms going southwest to northeast, so it's a good example to use in that people need to be prepared to make sure weather can come from most directions from across the area."

La Marre says storms traveling northeast to southwest don't happen too often, but it isn't uncommon. The damage left behind is a reminder that mother nature is unpredictable.

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