|A series of severe thunderstorms moved through the extreme southern portions of the South Plains and the northern portions of the Texas Permian Basin late Sunday September 7th and early Monday morning on September 8th. These storms produced a variety of severe weather across WFO Midland’s County Warning Area. The following is a summary of findings from the WFO Midland Damage Survey Team.
The majority of the damage occurred in Dawson, Martin, and Andrews counties. Martin County and eastern portions of Andrews County experienced high winds and flooding. There were an estimated 38 power poles either damaged or destroyed across these counties. This damage was concentrated near the intersection of Highway 349 and 176. Flooding was also viewed in Martin County along Highway 349...12-15 miles north of the Midland County line as well as in Andrews County along Highways 115 and 176 east of the city of Andrews.
One interesting observation near the intersection of Highways 349 and 176 was that of hail up to the size of quarters, remaining on the ground over nine hours after the last severe storm had passed. Also at that intersection, a 50 foot light pole rated to withstand 80 mph winds, was snapped at the base. All survey observations indicated that the damage was produced by straight line winds.
Severe thunderstorms over the western and eastern portions of Dawson County produced large hail and flooding. This resulted in catastrophic damage to cotton, sunflower, and sorghum crops in two separate portions of the county.
Along Farm to Market road 1210, indentations from golf ball to ping pong ball size hail were noted along the sides of the roadway in the muddy areas. Residents in the area noted that it hailed for 20 minutes across this area...while the hail fell for approximately 28 minutes south of Sand in western portions of Dawson County.
The local storm report for this severe weather event can be found here.