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May 17, 2013

Cresson-area residents pick up pieces after storm

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McNett said she was home with her two teenage grandchildren when the weather hit.

“We had no real warning,” McNett said.

The news reported a tornado headed towards Cresson when the television went off as the house lost power, she said.

She got her 15-year-old grandson from his room and then her 14-year-old granddaughter.

About a minute or two later, as they stood in the hallway, the only place without windows in the home, the house began shaking, McNett said.

“The way the house was shaking, I could have sworn it was going to fall,” McNett said.

From California, McNett said she didn’t know what do to in the event of a tornado but her grandson had learned what to do in school.

He kept them in the hallway, took the pictures off the wall to avoid broken glass and had a first-aid kit nearby, McNett said.

Afterward, they found the roof had been ripped from her granddaughter’s room and the master bedroom so they moved and covered items in the rooms.

She also had one truck damaged.

“I think we’re pretty lucky,” McNett said, noting that the vacant home next door was more damaged than hers.

“Nobody got hurt and this can be repaired.”

Several other neighbors had exposed rooms and water damage after their roof or walls were blown away as they hid in pantries and closets inside. Most of those the Democrat spoke with did not have insurance coverage and were staying with family as they planned to patch up their homes.

A spokesman for the National Weather Service said the storm that dropped grapefruit-size hail in the Mineral Wells area produced an EF1 tornado with winds of 100 mph in Millsap before the storm moved east across the county.

The National Weather Service had not confirmed Thursday afternoon whether damage off Tin Top Road south of Weatherford and in the Cresson area was a result of tornadoes or straight-line winds.

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