Windy Conditions Create Havoc Across the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/10/08

Windy Conditions Create Havoc Across the South Plains

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Thursday's high wind gusts have wreaked havoc across the South Plains throughout the day.

Tumbleweeds piled high, people struggling to walk from place to place and two semis rolling off the Interstate are just a few examples of the wind's power.

The wind began howling early Thursday morning. By mid-afternoon it appeared there was no relief in sight with gusts reaching up to 53 miles per hour.

Still the Texas flag withstood the violent gusts with a quiet pride, and Texas Tech students actually had a valid excuse for not having their homework - the wind blew it away.

But the windy conditions seemed to create the most problems for those driving across the South Plains.

Just before 11 a.m. a semi rolled off of I-27 just north of Abernathy when a strong gust of wind slammed into the empty trailer. Thirty minutes later Robert Sedbury, another truck driver, came upon the accident.

"I saw the other truck over on its side behind us here and I started slowing down, but that wasn't enough. The way it caught me it took me down with it," said Sedbury.

Rescue crews arrived on the scene quickly to help the truck drivers, but Sedbury's main concern was for his riding companion - his dog of 11 years, Buster.

"The real miracle is my dog. Somehow he was ejected from the truck and there are no broken windows in that truck and I don't know how that happened. He's shaken up, but he's just fine over there," said Sedbury.

So will Buster continue to tag along on Sedbury's road trips?  "That's up to him. I imagine he will," laughed Sedbury.

Sedbury and the other truck driver both escaped unharmed, and both say a precautionary measure was their lifesaver.

"I'll say one thing for everybody watching this, let's hear it for seatbelts!" said Sedbury.

The wind has also created havoc in other areas across the South Plains. In Hockley County, wind gusts were reported to be blowing as high as 65 miles per hour. In Muleshoe, the roof was blown off a mobile home and large tree limbs were scattered across the roadways due to the windy conditions.

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