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Storms exiting area after producing heavy rainfall

Published: May. 24, 2022 at 1:26 PM CDT|Updated: May. 24, 2022 at 8:29 PM CDT
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UPDATE 8:25 p.m.: Storms are now moving over the Rolling Plains and will continue eastward, exiting the area. Once again, heavy rain fell across parts of the area. The National Weather Service relayed observations showing 2 to 3 inches fell in south Lubbock in less than an hour. This pushes the total for the past 24 hours across a few parts of the county to about 3 to 4 inches of rain.

And it’s fairly widespread that soaking rain of at least an inch fell across the South Plains, combining last night’s rain with this afternoon and evening.

The heavy rainfall did lead to street flooding.

The severe weather threat is winding down at this point, with the rain moving away. A cooler morning is in store.

UPDATE 6:50 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Crosby County until 7:45 p.m. A flash flood warning for Lubbock County was extended until 8:30 p.m. A flash flood warning has been issued for Crosby County and Dickens County until 8:15 p.m.

UPDATE 6:14 p.m.: A tornado warning has been extended for Crosby County until 6:45 p.m. A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Lubbock County and Garza County until 6:45 pm.

There have been some brief landspouts to the southwest of Lubbock late this afternoon. These are brief and typically don’t produce damage. If you see one, head inside. However, in rare instances, these can cause damage to structures.

Landspout spotted in Meadow
Landspout spotted in Meadow(Mason Davila)

UPDATE: The National Weather Service Has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Central Yoakum County Until 5:15 p.m.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Southern Bailey County, Cochran County, Western Hockley County and Southwestern Lamb County until 5 p.m.

Locations impacted include... Levelland, Morton, Sundown, Needmore, Bledsoe, Enochs, Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge, Bula, Pep, Lehman, Maple, Whiteface and Opdyke West.

Locations impacted include... Levelland, Morton, Sundown, Needmore, Bledsoe, Enochs, Muleshoe...
Locations impacted include... Levelland, Morton, Sundown, Needmore, Bledsoe, Enochs, Muleshoe Wildlife Refuge, Bula, Pep, Lehman, Maple, Whiteface and Opdyke West.(National Weather Service)

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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - We’re watching the potential for another round of thunderstorms, some severe, across the region this afternoon into the evening. Like yesterday, not everyone will get rain. But in some spots, severe storms are likely.

The Storm Prediction Center has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the southern half of the area, including Lubbock. Other locations included in the watch are Morton, Levelland, Ralls, Hobbs, Brownfield, Post, Seminole, Lamesa and Snyder. The watch goes until 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.
A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 24.(National Weather Service)

Rainfall was widespread from multiple rounds of rain and storms last night into early this morning. Steve has a detailed recap here. There were also some tornadoes from a storm that developed near Morton then slowly moved east, finally weakening as it approached Lubbock. A National Weather Service survey crew is out today, seeing if there is tornado damage from the storm. Tornadoes are rated based on damage; the incredible photos of the large tornado north of Morton, south of Enochs may not have a significant rating if it didn’t cause damage (which is certainly what we root for when these storms develop).

It is relatively cool outside. It’s warmer over the southern South Plains, south of a surface boundary (like a front). Even though it’s not a hot day, the air aloft is colder...which means there is still some instability. An upper-level disturbance will move across the region this afternoon, helping storms to develop.

While not every storm will be severe, it’s likely storms near that surface boundary will be better organized. There will be the potential for large hail and damaging wind. A couple tornadoes are possible across the region, as well. Also, localized flooding will be possible. There are many dirt roads flooded where the heaviest rain fell yesterday.

While we haven’t yet completed a full post-analysis of what kept yesterday’s tornadic supercell going, there were a few surface boundaries in place; one was over the southern South Plains lifting northward a few hours earlier. This may have been the small-scale feature that helped support such a remarkable storm...that thankfully avoided communities.

Keep in mind a watch will be issued when severe weather is possible. Warnings are issued when severe weather is ongoing.

Check back here as well as on KCBD NewsChannel 11 for updates. And be sure to download the KCBD FirstAlert Weather App for specific warnings and information for your location, along with interactive radar.

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