UPDATED: Storms exiting area - FOX34 Lubbock

UPDATED: Storms exiting area

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updated 1:23 a.m. - Severe warnings run from Lamesa to Snyder up to Post and Jayton. This is where 60- to 70-mph gusts are possible. It's still thundering around Lubbock, but the severe threat is faded. The central and northern part of our area has been dropped from the severe watch.

There have been a few reports of damage like downed utility lines, damage to a shed or limbs broken from Levelland to Lubbock. Once the sun is up we'll see if there was any significant damage north of Smyer. That's where radar showed very strong wind for a while just before Midnight, with gusts clocked in Hockley County above 70mph. The good news is that storm weakened as it moved in Lubbock. It was looking rough there for a little while.

Some more rain should fall next couple hours, which is welcome news...we sure can use it.

updated 11:28 p.m. - Severe warning now issued for S Lamb, Hockley, Lubbock, S Hale counties. This includes the city of Lubbock. Much of the warned area will likely get 60mph gusts, but latest radar trends suggest potential for some gusts up to 80mph.

updated 11:12 p.m. - We had a gust of 77mph clocked at the Morton Tech Mesonet site, which is just northeast of town. Some other gusts include Earth 63mph, Friona 57mph, Amherst 56mph. Severe warnings now run from Morton and Cochran County to Hockley, lamb, W Hale, SE Castro and SW Swisher counties. These storms will be capable of 70mph gusts. Hail can't be ruled out in the cores, but will be less common. Another warning is in place for Cottle County, including Paducah.

The good news is there is soaking rain falling. Also, an outflow boundary ahead of these storms has moved into Lubbock County. It'll kick the wind up, probably with some dust.

updated 10:06 p.m. - The NWS has issued a severe warning for a storm south of Muleshoe. It likely has some large hail, along with 60mph wind. Then a large warning is in place for the southern Panhandle and northern South Plains, coming down to Plainview. The large warning is mainly for 60mph wind, though the cores could produce 1" hail.

updated 9:09 p.m. - The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Lubbock and much of the South Plains until 5 a.m. Tuesday, counties in green below. 

There are several severe storms across the Panhandle and Northeast New Mexico, moving this way. We expect this to congeal into a large complex of storms that will move across our area. The main risk will be damaging wind, though some large hail will also be possible.

Severe storms are possible this evening into late tonight, with damaging wind being the greatest risk. The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for Lubbock and points north and west, areas in green, until 11 p.m. Central.



THIS AFTERNOON: A front has moved through Lubbock from the northeast. It's in the low to mid 90s over the central South Plains, 100+ to the southwest and 80s to the northeast. Thunderstorms are developing in the higher terrain of Colorado and New Mexico. Those storms will move from NW to SE. 

THIS EVENING: We expect those storms to the northwest to move into the Panhandle and South Plains. It'll first be the NW Panhandle close to 7 (though a few models also show some storms over the western South Plains at this time), then progressing southeast next few hours. This means a better chance for storms around Lubbock between 9 and 11 p.m. Then the Rolling Plains late night into early Tuesday morning.

If the storms congeal into a complex there will be the risk for damaging wind stronger than 65mph. Hail is also a possibility. With a lot of humidity in place, along with a strong SE wind feeding into the storms, we'll have the ingredients for storms to maintain intensity through the night.

Low near 65, mostly cloudy behind the storms. Wind E/NE 10-18mph.

TOMORROW: Partly to mostly cloudy, high near 85. Wind NE/SE 10-15mph. Chance for storms late tomorrow.

NEXT FEW DAYS: The storm chance is a little bit lower Wednesday, high near 87. Then we should return to the 90s late this week into the weekend. While the storm chance will go lower, there might be some nighttime storms either Friday or Saturday night, we'll keep an eye on this.

Check back here for updates, as well as on TV and radio as needed. Bobby will have the next forecast update posted tomorrow morning.

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