Whitney, TX (KWTX) Multiple tornadoes touched down Sunday as powerful thunderstorms pushed through Central Texas, the National Weather Service confirmed Monday.
(Photo by Clint Webb)
An EF-1 tornado with maximum winds near 90 miles per hour caused damage in South Clifton and east of Lake Whitney, the weather service said.
A second, less powerful EF-0 tornado with winds as high as 85 miles per hour caused damage in other parts of Bosque and Hill Counties, the weather service said.
Damage reported near Coryell City in Coryell County is believed to have been caused by another EF-0 tornado.
The National Weather Service suspects, but has not yet confirmed that a tornado was the likely cause of damage to the Mexia State Supported Living Center, which was without power Monday.
Clifton residents woke up to substantial damage after an EF1 tornado ripped through town Sunday evening.
One of the areas of town most affected was the area near Avenue G and Pecan Street.
Shera Nelson lives nearby, and said she was scared when she heard the emergency sirens.
"I grabbed my pillows and blankets and went and got in the bathtub,” said Nelson.
Nelson said she prayed during the terrifying incident that lasted a couple of minutes.
“Please spare my life one more time. And I was just very nervous, and crying and could just hear debris heading everywhere,” she said.
Jan and John Powell also live close to where the tornado struck.
They described the sound of the tornado coming closer as a high speed freight train.
"Once you've heard it, you never forget,” said Jan Powell.
Like Nelson, their home was also spared.
“I thank God because I believe that God had his protection around us. Because that was very very close,” she said.
Others were not as lucky.
David Corpier is the owner of CC, Etc., a satellite cable installation business.
The store was right in the tornado’s path, and suffered damage to the roof as well as water damage to all the equipment.
Corpier said the store is a total loss.
"It's concerning. This is how we make our living,” said Corpier.
"We have people that work with us. We have contractors that depend on us. We provide the jobs for them, they feed their families that way so that's concerning me,” he said.
Just next to CC, Etc., several barns and structures at Derksen Portable Buildings were overturned and damaged.
Metal and wooden scraps were found scattered throughout Pecan Street.
While there was a lot of damage in Clifton, Chief of police Trace Hendricks said no injuries were reported.
Electrical crews and locals spent Monday morning cleaning up debris, and trying to restore normalcy once again in Clifton.
Lake Whitney, Hill County
Power lines were damaged near the Lake Whitney Dam.
A spokesman at the Hill County Sheriff’s Department said significant damage was found on FM 1713 where a cowboy church and the associated training center was damaged, along with at least five homes.
The storm also upended boats stored on land and docked in a nearby marina.
Officials were asking local residents to avoid 1713 unless they had an important reason to be in the area.
(Nestor Montoya and Clint Webb contributed to this story)