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May 16, 2013

Weather with a twist

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


“It sure was still,” Karen Sanders said.

Though they couldn’t see anything, they heard a noise and went back inside.

In the house with their two dogs, the two listened to the wind knocking things against the door as their ears popped.

Afterward, they found that the winds had pulled the roof and wall from an outbuilding several yards from the house.

A part of the metal roof was wrapped around a large tree in the driveway, the rest was missing.

Two trees on their property were also knocked over. One large tree was uprooted and fell across the top of the family’s barn, collapsing it and damaging Sanders’ car and their water well underneath. A fence and pool were also damaged.

Just feet away, the house was unharmed.

The couple say they have insurance coverage and were looking for a place to stay Wednesday night because they were left without water.

A tornado and damage was then reported in the Spring Creek community off State Highway 51 in southern Parker County. A tornado warning would then go up in southeastern Parker County near Annetta as the first wave of severe storms began to exit the county and move into Tarrant and northern Johnson counties.

Several wrecks were reported during  the height of the storm. There numerous reports of power lines down and trees damaged.

Weather damage stretched from Millsap southeast to Cresson but no injuries were reported, Parker County Judge Mark Riley said Wednesday night.

About a half dozen homes in Millsap were reported to have structural or roof damage and about the same number in Cresson, he said. In between there were several buildings that also received damage.

The number of tornadoes had not been confirmed Wednesday night but he was told there were several, Riley said.

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