Strong storms leave some damage behind in Central Texas

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(KWTX) Late-night thunderstorms packing powerful winds and heavy rain snapped tree limbs, downed trees, knocked down a local college’s digital billboard and left a Central Texas couple with a story to tell.

High winds knocked a mobile home off its foundation in Leon County. (KBTX photo)

The Leon County couple was inside a mobile home early Thursday in Buffalo when high winds knocked the home off of its foundation.

The man was ejected from the home, family members told KBTX in Bryan.

The man and his wife, who is 11 weeks pregnant, were taken to a hospital and were later released after they were treated.

Leon County Emergency Management officials say multiple roads were impassable Thursday morning because of downed trees and utility lines.

First responders were going through several neighborhoods to check on residents who may have been affected by the storm.

The most significant damage appeared to be near Highway 79 in the Marquez community.

Highway 75 was blocked by multiple trees at Keechi Creek 3 miles north of Centerville.

A jacked-knife 18-wheeler was reported on Highway 79 west of Jewett.

Oakwood-East Leon County VFD reported structural damage and downed trees in the Oakwood and St. Paul communities.

Wind gusts as high as 60 miles per hour were recorded at Waco Regional Airport.

The high winds downed a tree at the Colony Apartments at 8014 West Highway 84 in Woodway, knocked over McLennan Community College’s digital billboard on Lake Shore Drive and downed a tree in Lorena.

High winds caused damage to homes and trees on Freedom Lane in Copperas Cove, downed trees.

“It just kept getting louder like a freight train was going over the house,” neighborhood resident Joseph Yax said.

“The house was shaking- you could see what it did to the doors and the trees out here.”

Alvin Johnson woke up to the beating of the storm and the sound of his car alarm going off.

The entire side of his attic was ripped off and tossed below, but crews are already working to put it back in place.

"We have our life. We have our health, and just thank god we weren't hurt- that's the main thing,” says Johnson.

The storm also snapped limbs in Bellmead and tore the roof off of a business in Waco.

Trees fell into the roadway on Prairie Grove Road in Bremond and water was reported over Cooks Lane in Franklin.

A tree fell onto a carport in Marquez.

The Groesbeck ISD delayed the start of classes by one hour Thursday.

Elsewhere, several tornadoes were reported across the Plains from the northeastern Texas Panhandle to Southeastern Kansas.

Egg-size hail was reported about 60 miles northwest of Fort Worth.

(Chelsea Edwards contributed to this story)


High winds knocked a mobile home off its foundation in Leon County. (KBTX photo)