Abundant amounts of low-level moisture and instability combined with modest wind shear and a residual outflow boundary to produce a number of supercell thunderstorms to the far southern Panhandle, and northern portions of the South Plains and Rolling Plains.
Thunderstorm initiation actually began early in the afternoon across the southern Rolling Plains. But the activity quickly shifted to the north by late afternoon as thunderstorms developed near an outflow boundary from previous storms the day before. Due to the very unstable atmosphere, these storms quickly became severe and the first tornado of the day was spotted west of Estelline in Hall County around 4:20 pm. By 5 pm, a large storm had developed over Hale county west of Plainview. This storm moved to the east and produced several tornadoes across Floyd county as it interacted with the outflow boundary. At this time (around 6 pm), many storm spotters and chasers obtained photos and video of the tornadoes - at one point at least two tornadoes were observed at the same time. The last tornadoes were reported just before 7 pm, and as the storm continued east into across Motley and into Cottle County it interacted with other storms moving northeast out of Dickens County and lost the tight tornadic circulation. Nevertheless, the storm remained severe - producing large hail and damaging winds of at least 75 mph as it went across Cottle County. This resulted in widespread wind damage in Paducah.
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