Damage in Childress TX from 2008-06-15

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
548 AM CDT MON JUN 16 2008

…PRELIMINARY INFORMATION REGARDING SUNDAY EVENING/S DAMAGING WEATHER IN CHILDRESS…

AN ISOLATED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM RESULTED IN PROPERTY DAMAGE IN THE CITY OF CHILDRESS SHORTLY AFTER 830 PM CDT SUNDAY EVENING. DETAILS REMAIN LIMITED AT THIS HOUR…DUE TO UTILITY AND COMMUNICATIONS OUTAGES AS WELL AS THE ONGOING RECOVERY EFFORT. IT APPEARS THAT MUCH OF THE CITY EXPERIENCED SOME DEGREE OF WIND
DAMAGE. AUTHORITIES HAVE DISCOURAGED TRAVEL TO THE AREA THROUGH THE NIGHT DUE TO HAZARDS POSED BY DOWNED UTILITY LINES AND OTHER DEBRIS.

PRELIMINARY REPORTS SUGGEST THAT DAMAGE IN PORTIONS OF THE CITY MAY BE SIGNIFICANT. THIS INCLUDES ROOF AND EXTERIOR WALL DAMAGE TO AT LEAST A FEW HOMES AND OTHER FORMIDABLE STRUCTURES. A NUMBER OF MINOR INJURIES HAVE BEEN REPORTED.

A TEAM OF METEOROLOGISTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LUBBOCK WILL SURVEY THE DAMAGE TODAY. IT IS NOT YET KNOWN IF THESE DANGEROUS WINDS RESULTED FROM A TORNADO…DESTRUCTIVE THUNDERSTORM WINDS…OR A COMBINATION OF BOTH. THIS WILL BE DETERMINED FOLLOWING DAMAGE ASSESSMENTS AND BY INTERVIEWING ITNESSES…AS WELL AS A DETAILED REVIEW OF METEOROLOGICAL DATA. AS A PART OF THIS PROCESS…IT IS REQUESTED THAT LOCAL OFFICIALS AND THE PUBLIC PLEASE CONTACT THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN LUBBOCK TO SHARE VIDEO AND PHOTOS OF SUNDAY/S STORM. UPDATED INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS DAMAGING WEATHER EVENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE LATER TODAY…VIA PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENTS AND THE INTERNET AT: WWW.WEATHER.GOV/CHILDRESS

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Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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