Severe Weather Rips Across the South Plains - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/23/08

Severe Weather Rips Across the South Plains

Towns across the South Plains are picking up the pieces after several severe thunderstorms moved across the area Wednesday with tornadoes in some locations.

NewsChannel 11's Chief Meteorologist John Robison showed a live feed as our storm chaser David Drummond, from his car, captured a tornado on the ground near Ackerly. But that wasn't the only funnel cloud to touch down on the South Plains.

"It looked like a swirling, windy type rain. At the time I didn't know what it was," said Snyder Track coach Zack Williams.

"We shut the door and looked maybe ten seconds later and saw what was behind me right now," Williams added.

People in Snyder are thankful because of the storms timing.

"Five minutes earlier and it would have been a passing period when our students would have been walking up and down this right behind me and it could have been ugly," Williams said.

Meanwhile, 114 miles away it was Mother Nature's fireworks that caused an explosion northwest of Lubbock, near Anton.

"We had a tank battery oil storage tank hit by lightning and ignited the oil and gases in it," said Chief Marvin Brewer with the Levelland Fire Department.

And almost as quickly as it began, crews had the fire out within three minutes.

Southeast of Lamesa it wasn't fire, but ice, that cause damage there. NewsChannel 11 Meteorologist Cary Allen and Photojournalist Curt Watson were inside our storm chaser when hail the size of baseballs and softballs poured down from the sky doing extensive damage to the vehicle.

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