Early-Morning Storms Leave Heavy Damage Behind In Central Texas

(Temple Fire & Rescue photo courtesy of Ron Stewart, Jr.)

TEMPLE (February 10, 2013)—A line of thunderstorms that rumbled through Central Texas early Sunday morning downed power lines, limbs, and in one area of Temple a number of trees including one that fell on a house.

There were also reports of heavy damage along St. Joseph Road in the Burlington area, south of Rosebud in Milam County.

The storms caused scattered power outages and about 1,000 area customers were without service by mid-morning Sunday.

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Severe thunderstorm warnings were in effect early Sunday for most of Central Texas and tornado warnings were issued for Leon, Limestone and Freestone Counties.

The storms caused significant damage in the Western Hills area of Temple, uprooting trees along West Adams Avenue, Apache Drive and Blackfoot Drive, Temple Fire & Rescue said Sunday.

In the Whispering Oaks subdivision, a tree fell on a house.

The sole resident escaped injury and was staying with relatives Sunday.

High winds peeled off an awning and a portion of the roof at Brentwood Apartments at 3000 West Adams Ave. damaging four units and displacing 10 residents who are staying temporarily in vacant apartments or with relatives.

Winds destroyed business signs at Quick Shop and Go at Olaf and West Adams and New Hope Community Church at2 Apache Dr.

The storm downed fences along Saulsbury Drive and blew over satellite dishes on Moody Lane.

SportsRadio 101.7 The Ticket was knocked off the air when a dish was blown over, but is now running on a backup feed, the station’s brand manager, Jamie Garrett, said in an e-mail.

Temple Fire & Rescue personnel responded to storm-related calls from around 3:20 a.m. until just before 5 a.m. Sunday.

A storm spotter reported that the wind snapped a telephone poll in half two miles southwest of Temple.

The high wind also caused damage to docks at Frank’s Marina on Lake Belton, uprooting shore moorings and shearing underwater anchorages.

In Elm Mott, high winds ripped the roof off of a shop building at around 3 a.m. Sunday at 1070 Gerald Lane.

The sound of the wind awakened the resident, Denny Downs, who discovered the roof of the shop had been carried away and that debris was spread over a 10-acre radius, Downs’ son Jesse said.

No one was injured.

(Temple Fire & Rescue photo courtesy of Ron Stewart, Jr.)