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Inside the Storm: Severe storms move from Texas to Oklahoma and produce lightning storm

Inside the Storm: Severe storms move from Texas to Oklahoma and produce lightning storm. (Bobby Hines/LSM)

Friday evening, severe thunderstorms exploded from the Texas panhandle northward through far western Oklahoma and into western Kansas.

Storm Tracker Bobby Hines was there, and he had his camera focused on one of these rotating supercell thunderstorms as it moved northeast of Amarillo toward Pampa then to Canadian Texas, just west of the Oklahoma border.

Time lapse video shows this storm's well defined rotating updraft and lowering cloud base with a wall cloud.

Despite its textbook appearance and structure, fortunately this storm fell short of developing a tornado as it tracked into the Oklahoma panhandle. However, wind gusts of around 60 miles per hour were recorded near the storm in Beaver and Slapout Oklahoma.

As sun went down, the severe threat began going down as well. But, the decaying storms still put on a spectacular light show before fading away. Lightning appeared nearly constant at times in this video shot near Sayre Oklahoma.

Super slow motion video of some of that lightning near Sayre captured at 960 frames per second gives us a chance to see the strange behavior of lightning, as bolts slowly flash across the sky in all directions...activity that normally happens much too fast for human eyes to see.

While the severe threat looks to be on the low side Sunday into next week, more storms will be possible at times over the next week.

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