Officials assess damage from tornado in Tahoka


After a tornado blew through Tahoka on Sunday, the National Weather Service assessed the damage. 

Based on their initial observations, they believed the tornado was an EF1 or EF2 tornado. 

“Tornadoes are based on the damage that we see,” said Justin Weaver, the meteorologist in charge for the National Weather Service. “Since the tornado was mainly over rural areas, they are a little harder to assess.” 

During their tour of Lynn County, they said the most significant damage was downed power lines, uprooted trees, and damage to farm equipment. 

“They (farmers) suffered a lot of losses because of the pits and the irrigation systems. Also some structural damage to their buildings and equipment,” said Bill Schoemann, the Lynn County Emergency Management Director. 

According to Weaver, tornadoes the size of this one are a rare sight in Lubbock over the past half-decade.

“This is the third time in the last five years we have had a strong tornado pass very close to one of our cities here in the South Plains, Rolling Plains, Panhandle,” he said.

While officials worked through the storm to keep citizens away from the tornado, Weaver said it is always important to listen to warnings and take shelter. 

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