Storms dump rain, hail in Texas Panhandle, drought conditions improve across Texas


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LUBBOCK, Texas — More storms have dumped rain and hail in parts of Texas in a week where drought conditions statewide improved due to additional moisture.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map, released Thursday, shows almost 48 percent of Texas is out of drought, up from about 43 percent last week. Storms in El Paso on Monday helped eliminate drought from most of the area.

The National Weather Service on Thursday reported Lubbock had nearly 3 inches of rain in the previous 24-hour period that led to street flooding.

The Texas Panhandle town of Adrian, 40 miles west of Amarillo, had hail the size of baseballs Wednesday afternoon.

The Oldham County Sheriff's Office says nobody was hurt but multiple vehicles and Adrian's school were damaged. Principal Mike Winter says five school windows were busted.

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