Tornado Warning in Lubbock canceled at 8:53 pm: Severe weather coverage in Lubbock, South Plains for May 17, 2021

Weather

8:11 p.m. May 17 over SW Lubbock as seen from 7403 University Avenue (Nexstar/Staff)

LUBBOCK, Texas — The National Weather Service in Lubbock announced a tornado watch for Monday afternoon for portions of Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. The watch expires at 11:00 p.m. (Central).

7:41 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for Lubbock and parts of Lubbock County. It was renewed at 8:29 p.m. and then it was canceled at 8:53.

An NWS statement said:

…A TORNADO WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 830 PM CDT FOR SOUTHWESTERN LUBBOCK AND EAST CENTRAL HOCKLEY COUNTIES…

AT 756 PM CDT, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO WAS LOCATED NEAR WOLFFORTH, OR 11 MILES WEST OF LUBBOCK, MOVING EAST AT 35 MPH. HAZARD…TORNADO AND TENNIS BALL SIZE HAIL. SOURCE…RADAR INDICATED ROTATION.

IMPACT…FLYING DEBRIS WILL BE DANGEROUS TO THOSE CAUGHT WITHOUT SHELTER. MOBILE HOMES WILL BE DAMAGED OR DESTROYED. DAMAGE TO ROOFS, WINDOWS, AND VEHICLES WILL OCCUR. TREE DAMAGE IS LIKELY.

LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… LUBBOCK, WOLFFORTH, SHALLOWATER, LUBBOCK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, TEXAS TECH UNIVERSITY, DOWNTOWN LUBBOCK, LUBBOCK SOUTH PLAINS MALL, REESE CENTER, NEW DEAL AND LUBBOCK SCIENCE SPECTRUM.

8:11 p.m. May 17 over SW Lubbock as seen from 7403 University Avenue (Nexstar/Staff)
Looking west from 7403 University Avenue (Nexstar/Staff)
78th Street and University Avenue (Nexstar/David Ewerz)
Looking west from 7403 University Avenue (Nexstar/Staff)
Looking west from 7403 University Avenue (Nexstar/Staff)

Storm Highlights

  • 3:03 p.m. The NWS in Lubbock announced a tornado watch was issued for Lubbock, the South Plains, Eastern New Mexico and parts of the Panhandle and Permian Basin effective until 11:00 p.m.
  • 4:08 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Spur TX, Jayton TX, Girard TX until 5:15 PM CDT
  • 4:43 p.m. An additional tornado watch has been issued for parts of Texas until 11 PM CDT
  • 5:03 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Bailey County, TX until 6:00 PM CDT
  • 5:09 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Spur TX, Jayton TX, Girard TX until 6:15 PM CDT
  • 5:18 p.m. doppler radar was tracking a strong thunderstorm 7 miles east of Seagraves Airport. Nickel size hail.
  • 5:21 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Spur TX, Dickens TX, Elton TX until 6:15 PM CDT
  • 5:36 p.m. Flash Flood Warning including Bailey County, TX until 7:45 PM CDT
  • 5:43 p.m. NWS says ping pong ball sized hail being reported by S.O. in Matador, tornado possible
  • 5:52 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Sundown TX until 6:30 PM CDT
  • 5:56 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Muleshoe TX, Sudan TX, Needmore TX until 7:00 PM CDT
  • 6:18 p.m. Tornado Warning including Swenson TX until 6:45 PM CDT (Stonewall County).
  • 6:24 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Justiceburg TX, Augustus TX until 7:30 PM CDT
  • 701 p.m. – Storm nearing Opydke West is producing 1.25″ hail
  • 7:02 p.m. Tornado Warning including King County, TX, Stonewall County, TX until 7:45 PM CDT
  • 7:14 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Tahoka TX, Wilson TX, Southland TX until 8:00 PM CDT
  • 7:26 p.m. – NWS getting reports of 1.25-2.00″ hail from the storm heading into Smyer
  • 7:29 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning continues for Smyer TX, Opdyke West TX, Opdyke TX until 7:45 PM CDT
  • 7:31 p.m. Flash Flood Warning continues for Bailey County, TX until 8:45 PM CDT
  • 7:37 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Lubbock TX, Wolfforth TX, Shallowater TX until 8:30 PM CDT
  • 7:41 p.m. Tornado Warning including Lubbock TX, Wolfforth TX, Smyer TX until 8:30 PM CDT
  • 7:56 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Post TX, Justiceburg TX, Augustus TX until 8:45 PM CDT
  • 8:16 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Justiceburg TX until 9:15 PM CDT
  • 8:29 p.m. Tornado Warning including Lubbock TX, Woodrow TX, Burris TX reissued until 9:00 PM CDT
  • 8:40 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Tahoka TX until 9:15 PM CDT
  • 8:52 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Lorenzo TX, Ransom Canyon TX, Buffalo Springs TX until 9:30 PM CDT
  • 8:53 p.m. Lubbock Co. tornado warning officially canceled
  • 9:12 p.m. Severe Thunderstorm Warning including Post TX until 10:15 PM CDT
  • 9:55 p.m. Tornado watch canceled for Southwest Lubbock and counties west and south of Lubbock.

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