PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE LUBBOCK TX
200 PM CDT TUE JUN 17 2008


...STORM DAMAGE IN CHILDRESS FROM SEVERE THUNDERSTORM ON JUNE 15TH...

A TEAM OF METEOROLOGISTS CONDUCTED A DAMAGE SURVEY IN CHILDRESS
MONDAY AFTERNOON...JUNE 16TH. THIS DAMAGE OCCURRED AS AN ISOLATED
SUPERCELL THUNDERSTORM MOVED ACROSS THE CITY OF CHILDRESS BETWEEN
830 AND 900 PM SUNDAY EVENING...JUNE 15TH.


THE FINDINGS FROM THE SURVEY TEAM INDICATE THAT WIDESPREAD
STRAIGHT-LINE WIND DAMAGE OCCURRED OVER A LARGE PART OF THE CITY DUE
TO A MACROBURST...WHICH IS A LARGE SCALE DOWNDRAFT AND ASSOCIATED
OUTFLOW THAT SPREADS OUT AWAY FROM A THUNDERSTORM AS THE CORE
COLLAPSES. AT THIS TIME...THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF A TORNADO. THE
DAMAGE IN CHILDRESS IS CONSISTENT WITH 75 TO 95 MPH WINDS...WHICH
EQUATES TO EF0 TO LOWER END EF1 WIND ESTIMATES ON THE ENHANCED
FUJITA SCALE.


MOST OF THE DAMAGE OCCURRED FROM WIND-DRIVEN HAIL, WITH MORE
SIGNIFICANT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE IN A FEW AREAS. HAIL SIZES RANGED FROM
QUARTER TO PING PONG BALL SIZE. THE AREA WHICH SUSTAINED SOME OF THE
WORST DAMAGE WAS ALONG U.S. HIGHWAY 83 NORTH OF U.S. HIGHWAY 287 IN
THE NORTHWEST PART OF THE CITY. NUMEROUS 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.

FARTHER 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.
THERE WERE APPROXIMATELY 6 MINOR INJURIES REPORTED...MAINLY AS A
RESULT OF WIND-BLOWN DEBRIS.


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.

NOAA WEATHER RADIO STATION KJY97 IN CHILDRESS IS BACK ON THE
AIR...BUT WIND DAMAGE TO THE ANTENNAE AT THE TRANSMITTER SITE MAY
AFFECT SIGNAL STRENGTH AND COVERAGE AREA UNTIL THE EQUIPMENT CAN BE
REPAIRED.

THE NWS OFFICE IN LUBBOCK WOULD LIKE TO THANK THE FOLLOWING FOR
THEIR ASSISTANCE WITH THE DAMAGE SURVEY...PERSONNEL FROM THE TEXAS
TECH MESONET...LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS IN THE CHILDRESS AREA
INCLUDING THE CHILDRESS COUNTY SHERIFFS OFFICE. WE WOULD ALSO LIKE
TO THANK FOLKS FROM AMARILLO TV STATIONS FOR THEIR ASSISTANCE AND
PROVIDING PICTURES OF THE EVENT...AND TO THE PADUCAH EMERGENCY
MANAGEMENT OFFICE FOR RELAYING CRITICAL INFORMATION DURING THE
SEVERE WEATHER EVENT.

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