A tornado touched down five miles southeast of Hale Center in a storm system that delivered baseball-sized hail, at least in one case breaking car windows Friday, October 12, 2012.
The first official report of Hale Center hail came at 6:21 p.m., Vitale said, measuring 2 inches in diameter. Then 2.75-diameter hail was observed there at 6:58 p.m. Car windows were reported broken by hail at the I-27 rest stop near Hale Center.
There also were reports of hail in Tulia and Kress. “We didn’t hear any reports of damage” from the tornado, explained National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Vitale. “The report we got is it only lasted a couple of minutes.”
After the tornado passed through the Hale Center area, Vitale said it touched down again eight miles west of Lockney. “It weakened significantly after it moved out of Hale County,” the meteorologist said.
The storm and a resulting power outage caused Friday night’s Hale Center-Lockney High football game to be delayed until Saturday.
The storm was the result of a strong system moving out of the Great Basin into the Rockies, the National Weather Service said.
“What happened is we got a lot of moisture in the area from the Gulf of Mexico and basically the ingredients came together for tornadic storms,” Vitale explained.
Featued image: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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