Richland Springs: Storm rips through community

Published: May. 27, 2018 at 11:49 AM CDT
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Clean up efforts are underway after a powerful storm ripped through Richland springs in San Saba Friday Night.

When word got out that Richland Springs in San Saba County was without water and power, donations from surrounding towns began to pour in.

"Everyone is trying to pitch in, we're trying to help the community," said volunteer Jeremy Plumley.

Firefighter Mando Garcia also didn't waste time.

He quickly checked on his neighbors.

"We weren't expecting nothing this big to hit this little small town of Richland Springs," Garcia said.

While riding with him on his fire truck, we found out the powerful winds snapped tree branches, blew off tin roof's, and left many trees without leaves.

"It looks like a small bomb when off," said longtime Richland Springs resident Jody Lewis.

Several of Lewis' trucks windows were busted.

He also shot video of hail breaking his home's windows.

"They were baseball and tennis ball size hail and I knew it was pretty bad, it was rough, and there was this unbelievable roar," said Lewis.

Other buildings with windows shattered could be seen all over town.

Garcia also stopped to make sure the elderly who couldn't leave their homes were ok.

"Do you need some water," said Garcia to an elderly man sitting on his porch.

And not too far from there, Zachary Capps was cleaning up debris in his front yard.

"There's hail everywhere, there's still some hail, its crazy, it's like its insulated," said Capps.

The National Weather Service says a supercell thunderstorm with high winds is responsible for the damage.

"It brought damaging baseball size hail with winds speed probably up to 80-90 miles per hour," said Warning and Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

As for Garcia, he's unsure how it long it I'll take for his community to recover, but he's just thankful it wasn't worse.

"Cars and roofs can be replaced, we just thank god we didn't lose a life anywhere," said Garcia.

Power and water services have been restored in Richland Springs.

The National Weather Service says while the weather was severe there was no tornado.