The Severe Thunderstorm that moved through the South Plains last night caused significant damage across Levelland and Hockley County.
According to information received from the National Weather Service in Lubbock the majority of the damage was caused by damaging wind gusts report all over the South Plains. Officials reported a 76 mph wind gust South of Levelland around 10 pm. Southwest of Anton, authorities reported 75 mph wind gusts around 10:55 pm as the 2nd wave of the storm moved through Hockley County. Reports out of Cochran county showed a top wind gust of 72 mph around 9:30pm last night north east of Morton. Lamb County reported a 60 mph wind gust south of Olton around 10:40pm last night. They also reported 2″ diameter hail 3 miles west of Springlake.
The National Weather Service was expected to have damage assessment teams out across the South Plains today and more information on damage will be released later today.
KLVT news was out surveying damage across Levelland this morning. Several locations throughout the City had major damages from trees blowing over. We noted 1 car that was likely destroyed on West Houston street when a tree fell on top of it. The roof was blown off of atleast 2 structures in Levelland and significant damage was reported at the Levelland Cemetery when a portable awning blew over a fence destroying portions of the brick fence and damaging a utility line in the area. A brick fence at the main entrance to the cemetery was also destroyed in the storm. KLVT news has posted numerous pictures on our facebook page.
Xcel Energy also reported that as many as 12,000 customers were without power at one point last night. The utility provider also said they had significant outages in the Hobbs, New Mexico area and in the Levelland and Lubbock districts. They estimated at least 30 poles down across the area affected and fully expected to find more damage today. The company has brought in service personnel from the Amarillo area to relieve local crews on the South Plains. As of Thursday morning, approximately 1300 customers were without power in the Levelland district and approximately 1,175 customers without power in the Lubbock district. Xcel could not provide an estimate as to when the remaining customers would be restored.