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May 16, 2013

Weather with a twist

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

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There was also speculation that a house fire outside Aledo was possibly caused by lightning but that had not been confirmed as of Wednesday evening, according to Riley.

There was no count on the number of individuals displaced but the county had not received any calls seeking assistance, Riley said, adding that family and friends were quick to help out those in the community.

The county’s Emergency Operations Center was set up prior to the storm’s arrival and helped emergency personnel respond to the situation, according to Riley.

Emergency personnel in Parker County were also on standby and prepared to help out in Hood County if needed.

The City of Weatherford initiated its urgent notification system alerts for residents signed up to receive them.

The extent of the damage and injuries was not immediately clear in Granbury, about 35 miles southwest of Fort Worth. However, police reported the hardest hit area was the Rancho Brazos subdivision and adjoining areas along Lake Granbury.

At Stumpy’s Lakeside Grill in Lake Granbury, the storm took diners and workers by surprise. Some people rushed inside from the patio and ducked under tables as the wind gusts and hail started, but nobody was injured, said Eric Martinez, a cook. Then they looked across the lake and saw several homeowners’ boat docks “just get torn apart,” he said.

“The boat docks just flew off, and they’re actually gone,” Martinez said, adding that the boards and other debris landed in some yards.

The restaurant didn’t appear to sustain any damage, but cars in the parking lot had dents from the large hail, he said.

Donna Martin, the bartender at the VFW in Granbury, said she was watching the clouds circulate in the sky when the tornado sirens went off. She said softball-size hail also pounded the area.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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