Severe storms bring hail, lightning, damaging winds to South Plains

Severe storms bring hail, lightning, damaging winds to South Plains
Submitted by John Davis
Submitted by John Davis

Two areas of severe thunderstorms developed across the KCBD Viewing Area Wednesday evening and produced large hail, dangerous lightning and widespread damaging wind gusts.

Initially, scattered severe thunderstorms developed across the northern Rolling Plains. A severe thunderstorm produced hail up to the size of ping-pong balls and wind gusts to 60 MPH between Matador and of Cee Vee.

Severe storms bring wind damage to the south plains

Further west, a cluster of showers moved out of New Mexico and into the western South Plains before 5:30 PM. As showers moved eastward, showers encountered more energy in the atmosphere and became strong over Hockley County.

A 76 MPH wind gust was recorded at the West Texas Mesonet site near Levelland. An 82 MPH gust was recorded eight miles west-southwest of Sundown. Widespread wind gusts between 60 and 70 MPH were reported across the city of Lubbock.

These gusts downed large limbs, toppled neighborhood trees and turned lawn furniture into air-born missiles. As storms pushed eastward, power lines were downed near Posey; just southeast of Lubbock. Storms then organized into a large cluster and raced eastward, moving at nearly 60 MPH at times. More reports of gusty winds and hail were received from communities across the Rolling Plains between 8 and 10 PM.

Another round, or rounds, of inclement weather are expected late Friday through Sunday. Stay tuned to the latest forecasts as we approach our next potential round of severe weather.

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