Watches, Warnings Lifted, But Rain Still Possible

(May 12, 2011)—The new round of watches and warnings issued Thursday morning as another line of storms pushed into the region has expired, but there’s still a chance of more rain.

The storms that pushed through Thursday morning were generally east of Interstate 45 by Thursday afternoon, but a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms remained in the forecast.

Earlier Thursday, severe thunderstorm warnings and flood advisories were issued for parts of Hamilton, Mills, Bell, Coryell, Falls, Milam and Lampasas Counties.

Parts of the city of Groesbeck was without power from around 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Wednesday after the storm blew through, producing heavy rain and gusty winds.

Oncor said about 1,000 customers were affected.

A light pole and some portable stop signs were blown down, as well.

The heavy rain caused the roof of a house at 211 Key Lane southwest of Eddy to collapse Thursday.

No one was home and no one was injured.

The residents will stay with relatives in Belton.

Winds from the storms blew down a fence a mile Thursday morning southeast of Kempner.

Quarter size hail was reported in the Mullin area in Mills County.

Because of the rain, the Belton baseball playoff game scheduled Thursday against Dallas Jesuit will be played instead at 7 p.m. Friday at the Belton High School baseball field.

Game 2 was moved to 1 p.m. Saturday at Dallas Jesuit and if a third game is necessary, it will be played 30 minutes after the second.

Fans with questions should call the Belton ISD Athletic Ticket Office at (254) 215-2090 or (254) 541-2661.

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Wednesday Was Stormy, And Damaging

A line of strong spring storms rumbled through Central Texas Wednesday, producing gusty winds that downed tree limbs and heavy rain that caused flooding in some areas.

Hail fell in some places, as well.

There were reports of street flooding in Killeen as the storm moved through and several unconfirmed reports of motorists stranded by high water.

The heavy rain caused damage at Moody Middle School where workers had removed an awing along the sides of the building’s roof as part of a construction project.

Water that got inside cracks between the roof and walls collapsed ceiling tiles in a couple of classrooms and caused flooding in the halls.

Parents, coaches, residents and others were pitching in to clean up.

Classes weren’t canceled because of the damage and students were moved to the high school as a roofing crew worked to seal the cracks.

The rain caused minor ceiling tile damage at Belton High School, allowing some water to leak into the band room.

Cleanup was underway Wednesday night.

Because of the damage, however, the Band-O-Rama scheduled for Friday was canceled.

Police responded to several accidents in which the weather was likely a factor.

Firefighters from Hewitt and several surrounding communities battled a blaze at a pallet company on Bagby Avenue, but it wasn’t clear whether the fire was weather-related.

Some witnesses saw lightning and heard a bang before the fire started.

Fort Hood announced the closure of Tank Destroyer Blvd. west of access control point 8 and access control point 8 outbound near New Rail due to water, according to a release on Fort Hood's official Facebook page.

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Damaging Storms Also Developed Wednesday In North Texas

Thunderstorms produced hail and damaging straight-line wind gusts that damaged roofs, downed tree limbs and power lines, smashed sheds and toppled trailers across North Texas, leaving about 20,000 without power.

Wise County Fire Marshal Marc Dodd says lightning struck and ignited an oil tank battery, which was quickly extinguished.

He said winds reported as high as 70 miles per hour toppled four recreational vehicles at a Decatur lot, blew two mobile homes from their foundations and smashed some lightly built sheds and barns.

No injuries were reported.

Similar storms raked the Panhandle early Wednesday morning, causing minor damage.

There were reports that cars were blown off Highway 108 about 10 miles north of Stephenville.

On the southwest side of Possum Kingdom Lake, wind gusts of as high as 70 miles per hour were reported, along with quarter-size hail.

Power lines were reported down in Bridgeport.

In Wise County, 18-wheelers were blown off the road in the area of Highway 287 and FM 407 where winds were estimated at 65 miles per hour.

Two miles west of Chico in Wise County, high winds blew a mobile home off of its foundation and blew outbuildings into trees near the intersection of County Road 1655 and FM 1810.

Damage to barns and outbuildings was reported a mile southeast of Gainesville.

A home lost its roof and power poles were snapped on FM 2264 in Wise County, 3 to 4 miles west of the Denton County line.

In Tarrant County, metal light poles were bent in half, power poles snapped and a 1-foot diameter tree snapped in winds estimated at 65 miles per hour.

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