In anticipation of the storm, residents invaded local grocery stores, purchasing the essentials and then hunkered down. Fortunately, no Weatherford residents lost power for any extended time, according to city officials.
Truckers, unable to move because of delays in other counties, literally parked their vehicles on the interstate and on exit ramps and rode the storm out.
Many truckers said this was the worst weather they had seen in many years in the business. Aledo was forced to cancel its Region I Final a number of times before finally playing the following Monday, Dec. 9.
Schools were closed for days, as temperatures took their sweet time to rise above freezing. City and county crews were able to sand main arterial roads to get them passable but the smaller county roads needed about a week before residents could travel on them.
NUMBER FOUR – Tornadoes sweep across Parker County, N. Texas
It was a dark stormy night.
No, that is not the opening sentence to a best-selling novel but a description of the evening of May 15, when powerful, tornado-spawning storms swept across Parker County and North Texas.
The storms began to build west of Mineral Wells and multiplied and intensified as they marched east and northeast. Residents in Mineral Wells saw up to grapefruit-size hail that damaged homes, vehicles and businesses. Storm spotters then verified a cyclone on the ground west of Millsap and watched as the funnel danced into the west Parker County community, damaging several homes and outhouses.
Other funnels and clouds with rotation were reported across the county, including damage to structures on Tin Top Road and in the Cresson community south of Weatherford. There were no reports of injuries in the county. The same could not be said for the residents of Granbury, where a tornado ripped apart homes, killing six people. Cleburne and other parts of Johnson County also sustained damage from winds and twisters that continued into East Texas causing more death and destruction.