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Severe weather starts off Fourth of July holiday with bang

A roof that blew off a building on Highway 114 ended up in the roadway on Highway 385, along with two utility poles. The road was shut down early Tuesday morning. (Staff Photo by Kati Walker)

Hail and wind has been a common trend in Hockley County over the past three days.
Early Tuesday morning, residents were wakened by 65 mph plus winds that caused significant damage throughout town.
Power lines were seen on the ground along Highway 114 Tuesday morning as Xcel Energy crews worked to repair the damage.
The area of North Highway 385 between Ellis and Highway 114 was closed down from around 4 a.m. into the late morning hours Tuesday.
Two utility poles were in the roadway and a roof could be seen in the roadway, which had blown off a building next to Faulk’s Welding Shop on Highway 114.
Storage buildings from the lot on Highway 385 in front of the Best Western blew into the roadway, as well.
Several crews worked around town, beginning around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning. Xcel Energy worked to repair and restore power to residents.
Xcel estimated approximately 1,300 Levelland residents were without power as a result of the storm early Tuesday.
The fire department responded to several reports of downed power lines, beginning around 4:30 a.m.
Jay McKay, fire marshal for the City of Levelland, said they responded to power lines at Boston and America, Black and Gold Road, and on W. Highway 114, among other places. 
McKay said there were no fires caused as a result of downed power lines, though.
However, one injury was reported when a man’s carport was lifted from his driveway. Officials say the injury isn’t severe.
A building on Highway 114, directly west of Faulk’s Welding Shop, had the roof torn off and thrown into the middle of North Highway 385.
Penny Newman Grain’s roof was torn off and the building itself twisted.
David Corder, emergency management coordinator, said it appears an air conditioning unit was thrown from the roof of Carver school on the north side of town.
Platinum Bank on Highway 114 at Highway 385 also suffered damage. The bank reported it was without power Tuesday, and officials were optimistic they will be open by noon Wednesday.
Crews that assisted in the Tuesday morning clean up and repairs were: the City of Levelland, the police department, fire department, street department, water and wastewater departments, and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Xcel Energy and Windstream worked to restore power and service to customers.
The city utilized the use of a helicopter belonging to the aviation division of the Department of Public Safety to survey and assess the damage.
The Hockley County Sheriff’s Department was also out surveying damage and providing assistance to crews in the area.
Monday evening, the City of Levelland also experiences marble to golf ball sized hail throughout town, specifically on the northeast side of Levelland.
The hail storm lasted approximately 15 minutes, wreaking havoc on cars and roofs.
No serious damage was reported as a result of the hail storm, Monday.

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