UPDATED: Storms exiting, severe threat over - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: Storms exiting, severe threat over

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updated 10:19 p.m. - The severe threat is over for the Lubbock area, storms are moving out. We had some massive hail, with many reports of golf ball-size hail around Lubbock, a few larger than 2" and at least one of 3" hail. Obviously that causes significant damage. Storms moved north then weakened some closer to Plainview.

Unfortunately, there was a power outage for a large part of south Lubbock before the storm moved in. We were off the air for about an hour. If you want to see The Masked Singer season finale you can see it Thursday night at 10:05 on FOX34.

update 6:20 p.m. - Large hail, likely around the size of tennis balls, has been reported just north of Post. That storm is moving northeasterly. Meanwhile there is a cluster of storms rapidly developing in northern Lynn County. The NWS has issued a new severe thunderstorm warning for Lynn, southern Lubbock, SE Hockley, SW Crosby counties until 7:15 p.m. These storms will likely continuing expanding northward and bring some hail into at least parts of Lubbock.

update 5:49 p.m. - Large hail is likely moving into Post, around 1.5" diameter. A severe warning has been issued for eastern Lynn and Garza county as this storm moves north. We're also watching a few storms trying to pop up just west of Lubbock.

update 5:18 p.m. - We've had a few severe storms to the northwest and to the southeast. Large hail just missed Dimmitt, probably larger than golf ball-size hail. The storm is moving to the NE. We're also noting some strengthening with a severe storm south of Post and west of Lake Alan Henry. There are more storms farther south in Borden and Scurry counties, moving NE.

The dry line appears to be backing to the west slightly, meaning the humidity is still in place around Lubbock and locations farther west...fuel for additional storm development. 

update 3:56 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm watch is in place for Lubbock and much of the South Plains until Midnight. The watch includes areas in green below:


 Storms today will be capable for producing large hail and damaging wind, with the most intense storms capable of 2" hail and 70mph wind. Storms are quickly developing right now.

We expect some severe thunderstorms to spread from west to east across the area late this afternoon into this evening. Some of the more intense storms will be capable for producing 2"-diameter hail and 60mph gusts. Heavy rain will also be likely, since there is a lot of humidity in place.

There is more humidity in place today, shown where the dew point is in the 60s:

This, combined with the warm air, is leading to strong surface instability. There is also enough shear to rotate some of these storms to support strong updrafts, leading to hail. 

TONIGHT: Storms should clear the eastern part of our area this evening/late tonight. Clouds will hang around, low near 60. Some fog is possible in the morning.

NEXT FEW DAYS: The dry line will mix east, leading to hotter and sunny days in the 90s. A few storms are possible over the Rolling Plains tomorrow afternoon, near U.S. 83.

WEEKEND: There is a slight chance for a few storms Saturday night. The storm chance is a little bit better Sunday, with an upper-level trough over the western United States and humidity in place here. It'll be cooler on Memorial Day, with the storm chance trending lower through Tuesday.

Have a great rest of the day. Check back here for updates, as well as on FOX34, FOX34 NewsNow and on the radio.

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