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Funnel clouds spare Rockdale Saturday night

Lee County home hit east of Lexington


‘I GOT TO TOUCH IT!’—When you’re a third-grader, getting to touch left RVFD member Justin Betak shows off some off some gear while a fireman’s coat is a big deal as students at Rockdale Intermediate Frank Rubio lectures and Trent Wages waits his turn. Volunteers also School found out Friday as part of Fire Prevention Week activities. From visited other campuses and day care centers during the past week. ‘I GOT TO TOUCH IT!’—When you’re a third-grader, getting to touch left RVFD member Justin Betak shows off some off some gear while a fireman’s coat is a big deal as students at Rockdale Intermediate Frank Rubio lectures and Trent Wages waits his turn. Volunteers also School found out Friday as part of Fire Prevention Week activities. From visited other campuses and day care centers during the past week. Rockdale volunteer firefighters got called out on a rare funnel cloud sighting Saturday evening but were about a dozen miles north of the action.

The RVFD was summoned to a report of a funnel cloud touching down at 7:08 p.m. near Tanglewood.

A tornado had briefly touched down just east of Lexington, damaging a home on Lee County Road 408.

The National Weather Service had issued a tornado warning for northern Lee County at 6:37 p.m. after NWS radar detected the telltale “hook” shape of a funnel cloud in the area.

The Lee County twister, which also damaged a number of trees, was caught on a dashboard webcam by a couple of Somerville area storm chasers.

It was on the ground for only a few seconds and took only about one minute to form, causing damage and dissipate, they said.

A funnel cloud touchdown was also reported in the Caldwell area.

No injuries were reported in either incident.

The funnel clouds were part of a series of storms which rumbled through Milam County from southwest to northeast Saturday and Sunday, bringing almost two inches of rain to the area.

The National Weather Service rain gauge at KRXT-FM radio station in Rockdale recorded 1.94 inches during the weekend.

Central Texas wasn’t alone in experiencing severe weather Saturday.

The wide-ranging storms systems hit several regions of the state including the Wichita Falls area bringing heavy rains and street flooding to t hat city a long w ith a dramatic rescue of a baby in a car stranded by rising water.

In addition to the Lexington tornado storm chasers captured video of another twister from Saturday’s storm system near the tiny Panhandle community of Underwood in Hale County. No injuries were reported from that twister.


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