North Texas tornadoes
An emergency official says a deadly tornado that blasted an East Texas town left behind about $40 million in damage.
Last month there was a rash of EF-0 tornadoes, with winds between 65 and 85 mph, that hit in five North Texas counties. First there were eight, then 11, and now 15… well kind of.
There were a total eight tornadoes that touched down in North Texas on Sunday and half of those touched down in the small town of Rio Vista.
On May 14, 2013, Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas went to sleep with his phone on silent. He woke up around 12:30 a.m. on May 15. “A police officer knocked on my door and said, ‘Mr. Mayor, you need to come downtown. We’ve been hit by a tornado.’”
An EF-3 twister touched down in Cleburne on May 15, 2013. One block, in a residential neighborhood, was particularly hard hit. In the middle of the downed power lines and debris from shattered homes sat a school.
Damage from a deadly 2013 tornado stretches from Granbury to Cleburne. While residents there have made a concerted effort to rebuild, those who survived the storm will never forget those who didn’t.
On the three-month anniversary of the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, some kids from that town, and another where disaster struck this past year, are enjoying summer camp in Fort Worth.
Residents of Granbury aren’t letting May’s deadly storms, which produced tornadoes that hit the community, stop them from celebrating an achievement eighteen years in the making.
Many of the North Texas tornado victims in the cities of Cleburne and Granbury had their homes and belongings destroyed by the twisters that touched down earlier this month. Now, as communities try to rebuild, resources are growing thin.
With the recent deadly tornadoes that tore through North Texas and Oklahoma, more people are thinking about in stalling storm shelters or safe rooms. Now the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) is helping foot the bill for some of those rooms.
Severe weather disasters like the tornadoes in North Texas and Oklahoma cannot be avoided, but preparations can be made to try to ensure the safety of your family and loved ones in case of an emergency.
The event is one of the largest Czech Festivals in the country, and not even the tornado that swept across North Texas last week will stop the 47th Annual National Polka Festival in Ennis this weekend.