Monster hail and tornadoes kill four people in west Texas

Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Lubbock called the combination of tumultuous weather “certainly rare.” A supercell developed near Amarillo and swept across the state, from the Panhandle to Houston. The storm’s deadliest effects were concentrated in the small town of Matador, where a 1-mile stretch of businesses and homes were demolished in a timeframe of just two minutes. Dozens were injured and at least four people died. Brandon Moore, water superintendent and volunteer …

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Pickup truck explodes after being struck by lightning

A pickup truck parked in Klein, Texas, met an unexpected end Tuesday night when a thunderstorm passing through the area brought a lightning strike that set the vehicle ablaze. According to the Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office, the burn happened in the 6700 block of Cypresswood Drive, with the truck’s hood and front door flung open. No injuries were reported in the incident. Lightning is certainly a force of nature to be reckoned with. …

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