UPDATED: Tornadoes, strong wind, large hail produce damage in Ly

UPDATED: Tornadoes, strong wind, large hail produce damage in Lynn County; severe threat fading

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updated 9:40 p.m. - The NWS reports damage to at least one home east of Tahoka, on CR BB between CR25 and CR26. The storm blew the roof off a home, barns were destroyed and cotton strippers flipped. No one was hurt.

We do not have any reports of injuries at this point. This is remarkable, considering we had a long-track tornado. At times it was quite large. And we had multiple tornadoes in Lynn County at times. 

There are other reports of utility lines downed, barns damaged and center pivots flipped/damaged. 

It looks like the tornado just missed Tahoka off to the north and east earlier this evening.

Wilson ISD and Tahoka ISD schools will start at 10 a.m. tomorrow because of the severe weather.


updated 8:23 p.m. - We've had a rough night of weather. Golf ball-size hail was reported late this afternoon in parts of south Lubbock, slightly larger just south of the city. From there, we had a long-track tornado pass just east of Tahoka across Lynn County. It had some of the strongest radar signatures I've seen in our area in years. Spotters reported at times it was a large tornado. We don't yet have any information on damage.

For about two hours we had tornadoes reported in Lynn County, at times multiple tornadoes. As of this writing a storm that could produce a tornado is in NW Borden County. There's new development back farther west to near Meadow, north of Brownfield. We're watching these storms to see if they will become severe.

South Plains radar

Local radar


updated 4:14 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Lubbock and the South Plains until 11 p.m.


updated 3:36 p.m. - A few storms are developing west of Lubbock. 

The Storm Prediction Center will likely issue a watch this afternoon for parts of the Panhandle and South Plains, shown below:

severe watch mcd


First, a look back at last night. This is a good example of severe weather in our area. Lubbock had a quiet, partly cloudy afternoon and evening. Much of the area didn't get a drop of rain. But those who did get a storm got quite a bit of severe weather.

The National Weather Service local storm report  shows a tornado touched down nine miles southwest of Muleshoe at 7:05 p.m., then another brief touchdown four miles southeast of Needmore at 8:02 p.m. Both of these reports are in Bailey County, northwest of Lubbock.

Largest hail report was with that storm, estimated 2.5"-diameter hail at Needmore at 7:58 p.m. There was also golf ball-size hail, 1.75" diameter, reported by NWS Midland in NW Gaines County near Higginbotham, in the southwestern South Plains.

It was also pretty remarkable from our tower cam in south Lubbock we were able to watch the wall cloud that was west of Littlefield. We're not going to be able to see much definition form 40+ miles away, but it was the right combination of good visibility, an isolated storm and the right back lighting from the sun.

View from the FOX34 Tower Cam to this storm May 4, 2019.

Thankfully the storm weakened as it approached Littlefield and then fell apart to nothing. These storms also produced some flooding rains.

TODAY: The forecast is on track from what Robert posted yesterday. Chance for storms during the afternoon and evening, though not everyone will get a storm. The mid-morning Storm Prediction Center outlook shows a risk for severe weather, our primary focus in yellow:

Severe outlook Sunday

Main risk today is large hail. Last night's storms pushed a few outflow boundaries into our area. Think of them as minor/small cold fronts. These could provide enough surface convergence to help storms develop. If still present later today, they could help provide a small bit more of low-level wind organization to increase rotation. Like yesterday, a brief, isolated tornado is possible.

Storms will probably develop some time after 2 p.m.

MONDAY: Again some storms are possible in the afternoon. The green area below shows the severe risk is a little bit lower, but still possibility we see at least a few strong to severe storms.

Severe outlook Monday

TUESDAY: We'll first need today and tomorrow to play out, since that can affect the smaller-scale features some. But if the dry line holds back west of Lubbock somewhere, we could have the ingredients for a more significant severe weather day. Much of the area is highlighted with the risk in yellow. This outlook will be refined in the coming days.

Severe outlook Tuesday


Again, small-scale differences affect severe weather forecasts. So we can't be specific to any single community right now. But we've had severe storms in the area past few days and we expect more through Tuesday. Be ready. Make sure everyone in your family knows what do if a dangerous storm approaches. Quieter weather moves in later this week.

Check back for more updates here later today. Our team will be watching this closely.
-Matt

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