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Texas Tornados May 10, 2006

Posted by daveintexas in Current Events.
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No, not Freddie Fender.

Storms.  Big ones.  There was a tornado in North Texas last night, 3 confirmed fatalities.

This time of year I remember the biggest one that ever got close, May 27, 1997, in a little town south of me called Jarrell.

The Jarrell tornado was part of a storm that generated several, 2 of which were much closer to us. 

But the Jarrell storm was an F5.  3/4 of a mile wide.

I had not heard the account of the sheriff's deputy who was the first on the scene, at the subdivision called Double Creek Estates.  He was unfamiliar with the area, so he initially reported no damage.  He couldn't see any.

Because it had all been wiped off the face of the earth, and pulverized or carried away.  20 homes.  Cars.  Even the concrete foundations of the homes and the plumbing underground, all gone.

And 27 people.  Mostly moms, and kids home from school.

They did everything you were supposed to do… there was ample warning.  They were hunkered down in the safest place in the house.  It didn't matter.

I've seen tornado damage before… you live in the south or the midwest long enough and you will too.

But I have never seen anything that could tear a concrete foundation out of the ground and destroy it.

Another tornado was created out of the same storm, north of Austin in Cedar Park.  A store manager at the Albertson's there is credited with saving many lives by moving his customers and staff into the meat freezer.

It was an F3

Comments»

1. kevlarchick - May 10, 2006

I remember Jarrell. That funnel cloud went right over my house and then touched down further south. We were lucky.

2. Ruthie Motes - March 13, 2012

Absolutely pent subject material, Really enjoyed reading.


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