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May 16, 2013

Weather with a twist

Storms packing hail, high winds and tornadoes rip across North Texas

From Staff Reports

Mother Nature delivered a powerful punch Wednesday evening through a complex of super cell storms that produced tornadoes, large hail and wreaked havoc across North Texas.

One of the hardest-hit areas was in and around Granbury, where homes were reported destroyed with multiple people injured. Officials were reportedly conducting rescues of people from debris and looking for other trapped in rubble. Cleburne in Johnson County was also being pounded around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night.

There were no immediate reports of injuries in Parker County from at least several twisters either confirmed or reported by law enforcement and storm spotters.

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.

As that storm approached Parker County, spotters reported circulation in the skies south of Mineral Wells. That was the part of the storm that produced a sighted tornado on the ground in the southern part of Millsap at White Bull Lane and Farm-to-Market Road 113, where the home of the famous White Bull was heavily damaged, though the residents were said to have not been home at the time.

It was not certain if the brick home’s damage was from a tornado or caused by high winds. Other structures northwest of the residence were also reported damaged, including a destroyed barn, but there were no reports of injuries.

A second tornado was soon reported near Interstate 20 at the 409 mile marker. Moving southeast, that twister was possibly one that was reported on the ground in the 2700 block of Tin Top Road.

Karen and Chad Sanders had a close call in the 4700 block of Tin Top Road.

The couple was home watching television when their show was interrupted with news of the weather and they went outside.

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