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A vigorous upper level storm system passed through the Southern Great Plains on February 26th, 2023. This brought widespread strong winds, blowing dust leading to visibility restrictions, large hail, and a couple tornadoes. The severe thunderstorms were out ahead of the main Pacific front and mainly impacted the eastern combined Panhandles. The stronger of the two tornadoes produced EF-1 damage on an outbuilding in Wheeler County. Widespread blowing dust due to strong winds out of the west led to visibility restrictions that caused vehicle accidents near Adrian and Dalhart, Texas. The largest reported hail stone was golf ball size hail 5 miles east of McLean, Texas and the strongest measured wind gust was 87 mph at Stratford, Texas.


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Trampoline on house in north Amarillo. Photo courtesy of Matt Thomason. Tornado damage near Kelton. Photo courtesy of Shawna Powell Hennig.  Reduced Visibility in Dalhart from Dust. Courtesy of @DalhartWx
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