Thunderstorms are likely across the South Plains region Tuesday evening into early Wednesday morning. Some storms may be severe, with damaging wind and hail being the main threats.
Starting as early as 5 pm, isolated thunderstorms will begin to develop in eastern New Mexico and along the Texas and New Mexico state line. These initial storms have the potential for severe sized hail, an inch in diameter. Any thunderstorms that remain ahead of the main line have the potential for hail. Tonight, the main threat becomes damaging straight line winds and heavy rain as thunderstorms form into an organized line. Be careful for ponding on roadways during this time. Embedded rotation within this line may produce a brief tornado, but that chance remains low.
The western South Plains will see this activity first, between the 8-10 pm hours. Lubbock and the I-27/HWY 87 corridor will see this line between 10 pm to 1 am. The Rolling Plains will experience heavy rain as this line breaks up and moves east between 2-3 am Wednesday morning.
While rain ends Wednesday morning, the wind threat remains high all day Wednesday. High winds sustained up to 40-45 mph and gusting up to 70 mph are possible. Blowing dust is likely Wedneday afternoon. Periodic power outages are possible during the next 48 hours.
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