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Flooded roads left in damaging aftermath
Garza County received an impressive 3.43 inches of rain Saturday, May 23 after tornadic thunderstorms tore through west Texas Memorial Day weekend.
However, with a tornado warning issued by the National Weather Service of Lubbock, Garza County residents endured more than they bargained for.
Along with a potential of three-inch hail, the Garza County Sheriff’s Office directed Post residents and those along FM 669 to take precaution after spotting a supercell 14 miles north of Gail headed northeast at 30 mph.
At 5:58 p.m., the storm was reported to be near stationary, hovering over FM 669 and CR 308 only 32 minutes from the City of Post.
However, around 6:15 p.m., the storm took an unexpected turn, drifting east at 5 mph, lifting the tornado warning from Garza County, and placing Justiceburg and Lake Allen Henry residents under watch.
At 6:53 p.m., however, the tornado warning was reissued for southern Garza County with special attention to Justiceburg. Although there was no tornado on the ground, radar indications of strong rotation were noted by the National Weather Service as well as baseball sized hail only 12 miles south of Post.
Remaining stationary over open land, the tornadic storm lost energy and soon expired, leaving Garza County and surrounding areas with flooding and road damage in the aftermath of heavy rain.
Although no tornadic damage was reported, it was stated by the National Weather Service of Lubbock that the tornado had touched down several times over the course of Saturday evening.