FIRST ALERT WEATHER DAY: Severe threat shifting east
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - update 7:02 p.m. The National Weather Service has dropped much of the South Plains from the tornado watch, with the watch continuing until 8 p.m. for the Rolling Plains and southern South Plains. All the rainfall today has cooled the temperature into the 60s and even upper 50s on the Caprock, making the atmosphere more stable.
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The severe weather threat is in place off of the Caprock, generally along the U.S. 83 corridor as of this writing. Those storms will continue moving east, mainly with a threat of damaging wind.
There is still the chance for some rain or even thunderstorms this evening into tonight, though the severe weather threat will be lower.
It looks like the rapid development of so many showers and storms helped us out today, limiting the intensity. As noted below, early afternoon there was a rain-wrapped tornado reported just east of Hobbs, and large hail over the far southern South Plains. Thankfully, at this point, most of the reports around the South Plains were of heavy rain and no significant wind or hail damage.
Of course, the flooding threat continues. Today’s heavy rain again led to some flooded streets.
Have multiple ways to get warnings today. One great option is the free KCBD First Alert Weather App. Enable notifications, which are specific to where you are or your saved locations. Also, a NOAA Weather Radio will provide instant updates. Keep in mind the tornado sirens now in place in Lubbock are designed to reach people outside; you may not hear it indoors.
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