UPDATED: Severe weather has exited area - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: Severe weather has exited area

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update 9:24 p.m. - 

Here is a report from the NWS on storms we saw move across our area today:

PRELIMINARY LOCAL STORM REPORT...SUMMARY
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
912 PM CDT THU MAY 17 2018

..TIME...   ...EVENT...      ...CITY LOCATION...     ...LAT.LON...
..DATE...   ....MAG....      ..COUNTY LOCATION..ST.. ...SOURCE....
            ..REMARKS..

0418 PM     HAIL             WOLFFORTH               33.51N 102.01W
05/17/2018  E1.00 INCH       LUBBOCK            TX   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0425 PM     HAIL             7 W LUBBOCK             33.58N 102.00W
05/17/2018  E1.00 INCH       LUBBOCK            TX   NWS EMPLOYEE    

0430 PM     HAIL             1 SE HURLWOOD           33.56N 102.03W
05/17/2018  M0.75 INCH       LUBBOCK            TX   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0434 PM     HAIL             WOLFFORTH               33.51N 102.01W
05/17/2018  E1.00 INCH       LUBBOCK            TX   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0437 PM     HAIL             5 S HALE CENTER         33.99N 101.84W
05/17/2018  E1.00 INCH       HALE               TX   PUBLIC          

0439 PM     HAIL             7 SW LUBBOCK            33.51N 101.96W
05/17/2018  M1.00 INCH       LUBBOCK            TX   BROADCAST MEDIA 

0501 PM     HAIL             HART                    34.39N 102.11W
05/17/2018  E1.00 INCH       CASTRO             TX   BROADCAST MEDIA 

0508 PM     HAIL             7 SSW TOKIO             33.09N 102.62W
05/17/2018  E1.00 INCH       YOAKUM             TX   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0549 PM     TSTM WND GST     VIGO PARK               34.65N 101.50W
05/17/2018  M66 MPH          SWISHER            TX   MESONET         

0552 PM     HAIL             1 E CEDAR HILL          34.14N 101.19W
05/17/2018  E1.00 INCH       FLOYD              TX   PUBLIC          

0557 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 WSW AIKEN             34.13N 101.57W
05/17/2018  M66 MPH          HALE               TX   MESONET         

0605 PM     HAIL             9 NW POST               33.28N 101.49W
05/17/2018  E1.25 INCH       GARZA              TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            VISIBILITY ALSO DOWN TO NEAR 0 

0609 PM     HAIL             2 E FLOMOT              34.23N 100.95W
05/17/2018  E0.75 INCH       MOTLEY             TX   CO-OP OBSERVER  

0619 PM     TSTM WND GST     4 E TAHOKA              33.16N 101.73W
05/17/2018  M70 MPH          LYNN               TX   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0630 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 NE POST               33.20N 101.37W
05/17/2018  M68 MPH          GARZA              TX   MESONET         

0630 PM     TSTM WND DMG     POST                    33.19N 101.38W
05/17/2018                   GARZA              TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            DAMAGE TO THE ROOF AT THE CITY MAINTENANCE BUILDING. 

0657 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 W LAKE ALAN HENRY     33.06N 101.10W
05/17/2018                   GARZA              TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            UPROOTED TREES 

0658 PM     TSTM WND GST     3 SE JUSTICEBURG        33.01N 101.17W
05/17/2018  M90 MPH          GARZA              TX   TRAINED SPOTTER 

0658 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 NW LAKE ALAN HENRY    33.08N 101.06W
05/17/2018  M83 MPH          GARZA              TX   MESONET         

0658 PM     TSTM WND DMG     3 E JUSTICEBURG         33.04N 101.15W
05/17/2018                   GARZA              TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            ROOF DAMAGE TO A BOAT STORAGE FACILITY 

0658 PM     TSTM WND DMG     4 NE JUSTICEBURG        33.08N 101.15W
05/17/2018                   GARZA              TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

            DAMAGE AT AN RV PARK. RV'S BLOWN OFF TIE-DOWNS. ROOF 
            DAMAGE TO COVERS OF RV BAYS. 

0705 PM     TSTM WND GST     1 S NORTHFIELD          34.27N 100.60W
05/17/2018  M74 MPH          MOTLEY             TX   MESONET         

0712 PM     HAIL             3 NNE JUSTICEBURG       33.08N 101.18W
05/17/2018  E1.50 INCH       GARZA              TX   LAW ENFORCEMENT 

Now that the severe storms have moved out, we can look ahead. A pretty good chance for showers and storms returns Sunday. There may also be some severe weather mixed in starting then.

7-day forecast


update 7:54 p.m. - No posts lately because we were on the air past three hours. We've had several storms, many of them severe. Around Lubbock the hail didn't get too bad, we did get some soaking rain. Strong wind has been common with storms well NE of Lubbock.

Then a monster storm was approaching Slaton around 5 p.m., but started moving SE. It crawled down US 84 the past few hours. It had some real big hail near Southland then Post. It even prompted a tornado warning near Lake Alan Henry. A 90mph gust was clocked close to Justiceburg. It still has hail and wind as it's moving into Snyder now.


4:07 p.m. - Storms have now become severe over the western South Plains, with some 1" hail likely. Coverage of storms will increase...and these storms will get more intense the farther east they move. 

A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for Lubbock and much of the area, in green below, until 10 p.m. This means there's the potential for hail and damaging wind from any storms that develop. Isolated storms could produce hail to 2.5" diameter and gusts to 70mph.

severe watch


1:51 p.m. - We're watching the potential for severe storms next few hours. It's heated up into the 90s with a decent amount of humidity. That moisture has dropped some, which shows we have a hot and unstable atmosphere that would support higher-based storms. At this writing first storms are developing well southwest, near Carlsbad:

West Texas radar

Below is current dew point. Mid 50s and higher shows better humidity for heavier rain and larger hail.

current dew point

We expect storms to first develop over the western South Plains next couple of hours with the risk of strong wind. As storms move east they'll move into higher humidity levels and an increasing risk for large hail. Storms may develop into a broken line, moving from west to east. The farther east storms make it the more severe they'll become. Once storms grow to full potential we have the risk for some hail stones larger than golf balls and 70+ mph gusts.

Storm potential around Lubbock is higher between 4 and 6 p.m.

Check back here for updates through the afternoon.
-Matt

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