48th anniversary of Lubbock Tornado - FOX34 Lubbock

48th anniversary of Lubbock Tornado

LUBBOCK, Texas -

 48 years to the day, an F-5 tornado tore through central Lubbock killing 26 victims and injuring 500. It's considered one of the deadliest storms in Texas history.

Joe Landin, a victim of the tornado, was four years old when it hit, but he remembers like it was yesterday. 

"My mother just grabbed us all and took us under the kitchen table, and that was our family place. After that it just seemed like a blur of white, I imagine it was just the chalk of the sheet rock," Landin said. 

Jody James with the National Weather Service advises to always be on the lookout.

"That was one of the more significant tornadoes that we've seen in the past 50 years." James said. "It's a good reminder that although we haven't seen a lot of severe weather in the past 20 years, it can always happen and sometimes with very little notice."

 Lubbock City Council commemorated the tragedy. Mayor Pro Temp Latrelle Joy read the stories of all 26 victims.

"I know we talk every year about the 26 people who died, but their names are still important and where they died is still important," Joy said. 

If a tornado like that were to hit again, now would be the time.

"The chances of a violent tornado here, granted it is a small sample size, we haven't seen a lot of those, is in early to mid May. We are right in the sweet spot for the slightly higher chances for a stronger and violent tornado which could be deadly," James said. 

While Lubbock still does not have a tornado siren system, Fire Chief Lance Phelps says technology... namely the LBK alert app can still help save lives.

"All the different things that we're putting into place for our citizens to be able to use, they just need to use them and take advantage of them," Phelps said

Phelps says it's up to all of us to stay up to date with forecasts and take every opportunity we canto prepare ahead of time.

Click here - for a comprehensive overview of the tornado from the NWS.

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