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PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
333 PM CDT MON JUN 16 2008

…UPDATED PRELIMINARY INFORMATION REGARDING STORM DAMAGE IN CHILDRESS FROM SUNDAY/S WEATHER…

A TEAM OF METEOROLOGISTS ARE CURRENTLY INVESTIGATING THE DAMAGE BROUGHT ABOUT BY AN ISOLATED SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM WHICH STRUCK CHILDRESS SHORTLY AFTER 830 PM CDT SUNDAY EVENING. INITIAL FINDINGS FROM THE SURVEY TEAM INDICATE WIDESPREAD STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE TO A LARGE PORTION OF THE CITY. WHILE MOST OF THE DAMAGE APPEARS TO BE FROM WIND-DRIVEN HAIL, SOME MORE SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE DID OCCUR. THE AREA WHICH SUSTAINED SOME OF THE WORST DAMAGE WAS ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 83 NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 287
IN THE NORTHWEST PORTION OF TOWN. MANY POWER POLES WERE BLOWN DOWN TO THE WEST ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 83 AND SEVERAL HOMES SUSTAINED ROOF DAMAGE AS EAST-FACING GARAGE DOORS FAILED. FURTHER SOUTH, ALMOST ALL EAST- FACING WINDOWS WERE BLOWN OUT OF RESIDENCES AND SIDING AND OTHER EXTERIOR SURFACES SUFFERED SEVERE DAMAGE BY WIND-BLOWN HAIL. OTHER STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WITHIN THE CITY PRIMARILY INCLUDED BARNS AND OUTBUILDINGS AND A FEW BUSINESSES. AT THIS TIME THERE IS NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE FROM THE DAMAGE PATTERN OF A TORNADO BUT IT WILL BE EXTREMELY DIFFICULT TO DISCERN A SMALLER SCALE TORNADIC CIRCULATION WITHIN THE EXTENSIVE STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE OBSERVED ACROSS MUCH OF THE CITY OF CHILDRESS. THERE WERE SEVERAL MINOR INJURIES REPORTED AS WELL, MAINLY AS A RESULT OF WIND-BLOW DEBRIS.

THE NWS TEAM WILL REMAIN IN CHILDRESS THROUGH LATE MONDAY AFTERNOON IN ORDER TO COMPILE A COMPLETE RECORD OF DAMAGE AND ASSESS AN ESTIMATED WIND SPEED ASSOCIATED WITH THE WIND EVENT. ALTHOUGH WIND SPEEDS COULD BE HIGHER, AUTOMATED WEATHER EQUIPMENT AT THE CHILDRESS AIRPORT RECORDED A WIND GUST TO 69 MPH WHILE THE
WEST TEXAS MESONET SITE 2 MILES NORTH NORTHEAST OF CHILDRESS RECORDED A WIND GUST TO 80 MPH BEFORE DATA COLLECTION WAS INTERRUPTED AT BOTH SITES.

THE ANTENNAE ON THE NOAA WEATHER RADIO TRANSMITTER STATION KJY97 IN CHILDRESS WAS ALSO DAMAGED AS A RESULT OF THE STRONG WINDS AND TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION WHICH CARRIES AUDIO TO THE SITE HAS BEEN
INTERRUPTED.

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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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