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Assessing the damage

Posted By Brian Knox On May 16, 2013 @ 10:27 am In Breaking News,Update | No Comments

Emergency management personnel and sheriff’s officers are out checking out the damage from last night’s storms. Photos taken by Messenger photographer Joe Duty and submitted from area residents are below. Waves of strong thunderstorms swept through Wise County Wednesday evening, bringing heavy rain, wind, hail and even reports of tornado touchdowns. Damage reports seemed to come mainly in the north end of the county, from near Crafton, north of Alvord, the Sycamore community and the Greenwood area. According to the police radio, several homes were damaged or destroyed. Trees and downed power lines littered roadways, and many residents, particularly in those areas that saw the most damage, lost power. Sabrina Easley with Oncor reported that at the peak of the storm, 2,000 customers were without power due to trees in the power lines. As of 7:45 a.m., only about 50 customers remained without power, Easley said. Power is expected to be restored to those customers by noon today. She added that the damage they saw indicated rotational winds. Hail reports from across the county ranged from pea-sized to golf ball-sized. Storm spotters reported several tornado touchdowns, but it is unclear if any of the damage reported by residents was caused by those tornadoes. There were no reports of injuries. Rain totals included 4.4 inches in Greenwood, 2.6 in Alvord, 2.25 in Rhome, 1.9 in Aurora, 1.68 in Decatur and 1 in Chico.

A tornado on the ground was photographed by Jerry Klein Wednesday night.

A tornado on the ground was photographed by Jerry Klein near Sunset Wednesday night.

A collapsed barn sits on top of an 18-wheeler flatbed at the home of Danny Taylor near Greenwood. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

A collapsed barn sits on top of an 18-wheeler flatbed at the home of Danny Taylor near Greenwood. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Strong winds knocked down trees and powerlines throughout the county. This damage on Greenwood Road a few miles north of Decatur shut down the road.

Strong winds knocked down trees and powerlines throughout the county. This damage on Greenwood Road a few miles north of Decatur shut down the road. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

This funnel cloud was seen around 6:25 p.m. Wednesday off FM 2265 about a mile from Texas 101 between Chico and Alvord. Submitted photo by Delia Hernandez.

This funnel cloud was seen around 6:25 p.m. Wednesday off FM 2265 about a mile from Texas 101 between Chico and Alvord. Submitted photo by Delia Hernandez.

North of Alvord

Storm clouds pass overhead 3 miles north of Alvord on FM 1655 at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Submitted photo by Brad Faglie.

 

 

Pea sized hail was reported in Paradise. Other areas of the county reported hail the size of golf balls. Photo submitted through Facebook by Ashley Waylon Wiley.

Pea sized hail was reported in Paradise. Other areas of the county reported hail the size of golf balls. Photo submitted through Facebook by Ashley Waylon Wiley.

Hail near Bowie

Areas just north of the Wise County line received even bigger hail. This baseball-sized hail fell near Bowie. Photo submitted through Facebook by Anita Farley Edwards.

 

 

 


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