Severe Weather Brings Baseball Size Hail and Tornadic Activity to Amarillo
A complex of severe thunderstorms caused damage in the northern South Plains and Texas Panhandle on Tuesday. The storm’s first Tornado Warning was issued in Parmer County at 5p on Tuesday. Over six hours later that same storm had moved to the northeast and created tornadic conditions in Amarillo.
The storm dropped large hail, of golf ball to baseball size, in Parmer, Deaf Smith and Potter counties. Some of that hail is pictured at beginning of this article (courtesy Ron Roberts).
The worst of the storm hit Amarillo just after 11:30p, Tuesday. The storm continued to drop large amounts of hail, along with the formation of a tornado. The Amarillo office of the National Weather Service reported the formation of a tornado at 45th & Soncy, in Amarillo, at 11:36p. KAMC 28’s Ron Roberts told KFYO News the tornado lifted very quickly after forming; as the storm moved east, toward Interstate 27.
Numerous homes, businesses and vehicles were damaged during the storm because of the hail and high winds. Flooding also occurred in Amarillo after the storm.
Before the worst of the storm, in Amarillo, wind damage hours earlier caused over 6,000 Xcel Energy customers to be without power, according to KVII. Some of those winds were up to 60 mph.
As of the writing of this article, there are no reports of injuries in both Friona and Amarillo.
The final photo in this article is the aftermath of some of the hail in Amarillo early Wednesday morning, after the storm passed.
We’ll have additional information about Tuesday’s storms during KFYO News on Wednesday.