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Local Weather History For May 29th...
1987: A total of seven tornadoes occurred late this day over portions of the South Plains. The most noteworthy of these
were a pair of tornadoes in far western Lubbock County from a left-split supercell moving north-northwest. The tornadoes
moved to the north-northwest with the first tornado developing before 5:30 PM and the second around 6:37 PM. The first
tornado was sighted by Skywarn spotters as a developing funnel cloud shortly after 5:20 PM. It touched down just north of
Farm Road 1585 west of Wolfforth, striking a house and two mobile homes. As this tornado crossed Farm Road 2378 a mile
south of Highway 114, it injured a man who was ironically delivering a pizza from Flying Pizza. He abandoned his vehicle
and hid in a ditch, but was thrown about 50 feet. The storm crossed Highway 114 about 1/4 mile west of Farm Road 2378 and
struck a number of residences. Two mobile home residents living just north of the highway were injured. The tornado
heavily damaged or destroyed a total of seven mobile homes and three houses before lifting at 5:40 PM. This high-contrast
tornado was observed by thousands of residents in Lubbock. The second tornado had a much shorter life on the ground. It
was reported as having touched down by DPS troopers at 5:39 PM just south of Hurlwood. It lifted within a minute without
causing appreciable damage, but did threaten the south end of Reese AFB. The first tornado was rated F2 due to its
destruction of roofing and some exterior walls, while the second was rated F0. The first tornado had a path length of 8
miles and a maximum width of 80 yards. The second tornado had a path length of 1 mile and a width of just 30 yards.
Besides these two tornadoes, three others touched down early this evening at the following locations: 10 NNE Friona, 8W
Dimmitt and 7E Dimmitt. None of these additional tornadoes caused any known damage.