WEATHER EVENT THAT CHANGED LIVES

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🖊 MSN WEATHER 📸 LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL

EF5 LUBBOCK, TEXAS ON MAY 11TH, 1970

At 8:10 p.m., a funnel cloud located 7 miles south of the Lubbock Municipal Airport was reported by an off-duty policeman. Around that same time, a severe weather statement was issued, alerting to grapefruit-sized hail 2 to 3 miles south of the city limits. Five minutes later, a tornado warning was issued for Lubbock.

At approximately 9:35 p.m., the tornado touched down southwest of the airport. As it moved northeast, it covered around 15 square miles of the city, resulting in devastating damage. The tornado lifted and dissipated as it reached the airport shortly after 10 p.m.

Tornado's Damage to the Economy

Tornado’s actual cost: $250,000,000

Cost adjusted to 2019 dollars: $1,657,239,270

The EF5 tornado destroyed 600 apartment units and 430 homes. In total, 8,800 homes were damaged. Additionally, 119 aircraft at the local airport were obliterated, 250 businesses were damaged or destroyed, and approximately 80% of the plate glass windows in the city’s downtown area were smashed. There were a reported 1,500 injuries and 26 deaths. Because the tornado arrived after sunset, no known photographs of it exist.

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