A severe storm that developed in Hockley County Thursday afternoon had winds in excess of 60 mph in South Levelland along with numerous cloud to ground lightening strikes.
The wind, is to blame for numerous branches broke out of trees at the Hockley County courthouse and the Levelland Country Club.
The West Texas Mesonet recorded 69 mph wind gust at 4:30pm at the weather site just south of Levelland.
Lightening associated with the storm also was to blame for several grass fires in Hockley, Cochran and Lamb Counties. Whiteface fire department along with a crew from Levelland Fire Department responded at just after 3:15pm to a grass fire west of Levelland, just off of 114, while crews were on that fire, they received a call of a small grass fire on the Levelland airport property near the hanger entrance. A crew from the Levelland Fire Department responded to that blaze and had it under control in a matter of minutes. At just before 4pm crews were notified of a grass fire in Lamb County on north FM 303. A Levelland Fire crew responded to assist crews from Lamb County on that blaze.
Lightening is likely the cause of a power outage which occurred around 4:50pm affecting residents in the south and east part of Levelland. Xcel Energy reported that at 5:15pm there were over 2,300 customers affected by the outage and crews were assessing the damage and making repairs. Power was restored to most customers by 6:15pm according to Xcel Energy. There were several reports coming in around 4:45 of lightening striking an electrical transformer south of town.
The thunderstorm dropped approximately 2/10 of an inch of rain in Levelland. Northeast of Levelland received over an inch of rain.