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Monday's severe storms

By Mark Rowlett, mrowlett@ktxs.com
Published On: Jun 18 2013 01:48:59 AM CDT
KTXS Chief Meteorologist, Mark Rowlett

ABILENE, Texas -

Severe thunderstorms began forming along an old outflow boundary from north of Breckenridge to near Haskell about 4 PM.  Large hail and strong winds were the problems from storms in SE Haskell County.  This storm moved across Lake Stamford to near Lueders before weakening.

Another strong storm developed just northwest of Anson about 5 PM.  This storm moved through Anson.  A wind gust of 77 mph was measured just east of Anson.

This storm turned south and moved into the the Abilene area just before 6 PM.  A wind gust of 73 mph was measured here at the KTXS Studio on the NW side of Abilene.  A wind gust of 70 mph was observed at the Abilene Regional Airport.  A weather station in Hamby recorded a wind gust of 76 mph from this storm.

These very strong winds blew down signs, trees, power poles and street light poles around Abilene.

In addition, this storm dropped two to four inches of rain over most of Abilene in just one hour.  This flooded underpasses and many streets.  Several high water rescues were required.

Much of the city of Abilene was without power for a time.  However, line crews have made good progress restoring power Monday evening and Tuesday morning.

Mostly a light  to moderate rain with occasional lightning continues Tuesday morning.  Do NOT drive through any flooded roads or around any barricades.