UPDATED: Storms exiting area - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: Storms exiting area

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Here is current FOX34 VIPIR:

updated 9:59 p.m. - Severe warning continues for E Dawson, Borden, Scurry, SE Garza, SW Kent counties. This line of storms is moving SE, main risk is strong wind. There is still some rain back around Lubbock, nothing severe. Things will quiet down next hour or two. It was great to get rain, with parts of the area picking up more than an inch. Here are top totals through 10 p.m. on the Texas Tech Mesonet:

O'Donnell 1.9"
Welch 1.67"
Tahoka 1.26"
Fluvanna 1.12"
Graham 1.05"
Levelland 1"
Earth 0.85"
Abernathy 0.84"
New Home 0.74"
Seagraves 0.4"
Ralls 0.36"
Amherst 0.34"
Brownfield 0.28"
Wolfforth 0.26"
Near Texas Tech 0.21"

There were also a few reports of downed power lines from strong wind, including in southern Hockley County. A few gusts of 60 to 70mph were clocked around the area today.

updated 7:05 p.m. - The NWS issued a severe warning for northern Lubbock and southern Hale Counties for potential of 60mph wind. This warning includes New Deal, Hale Center and Cotton Center.

And in the city, we're watching the visibility drop.


updated 6:50 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Terry County, potential for up to 60mph wind gusts with this storm.

Also, a wall of dirt is moving into Lubbock along an outflow ahead of thunderstorms. Expect the visibility to drop rapidly in the city.

updated 6:07 p.m. - Severe thunderstorm warning until 6:30 p.m. for Hale and Lamb Counties. 60mph wind gusts are possible with this storm moving east. Warning includes Hale Center, Olton, Cotton Center and Halfway.

updated 5:33 p.m. - @Wx_Intercepts on Twitter reports a small grass fire started by a lightning strike near Sundown. This will be a possibility with storms moving over dry vegetation next few hours, along with gusty wind.



updated 5:20 p.m. - A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for the NW South Plains, including Levelland and Littlefield. A gust of 71mph was clocked at the Texas Tech Mesonet site near Earth, Texas. This warning is issued for strong wind. Some hail is possible with storms this evening, but most likely will not be large...unless we see a change in storm structure. Main concern is damaging wind with the strongest storms, along with some blowing dust and lightning strikes. 

posted 4:32 p.m. - Some showers and storms have developed over the western South Plains. These will spread east through the evening. Some will be capable of producing strong wind. If there is any hail, it should be small. Also, with it so dry, lightning could spark a few grass fires. While not everyone will get rain, there should be decent coverage across the area.

TONIGHT: Showers and storms will exit this evening, partly cloudy through morning. Low near 68. Wind S 10-20mph.

TOMORROW: Slight chance for a storm late, mostly sunny and warm. High near 95, wind S/SE 10-16mph.

NEXT FEW DAYS: The storm chance gets a little better again on Friday. High near 91, wind SE 12-26mph.

The weekend will probably stay dry, though an isolated storm is possible late each afternoon. It'll get hotter Sunday through Tuesday, before the temperature may drop some middle of next week. There are also some signs of nighttime storms next week, though it's not a promising signal just yet.

Have a great rest of your day, hope you get some rain. We certainly need it. Bobby will have a full update to the forecast posted here early tomorrow.

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