TEXAS — Severe storms moved through Central Texas Saturday morning and early afternoon, producing damaging winds and at least one tornado.
A tornado ripped through Robertson County damaging dozens of homes and injuring several people, according to the National Weather Service in Ft. Worth. It had a peak intensity of EF-3 with winds that were up to 140 miles-per-hour.
The wind speeds were on the lower end of the EF-3 scale, and damage surveys still need to be picked up over the next couple of days.
Robertson County Sheriff Gerald Yezak said there were eight people with injuries from storms, including broken bones. There was also damage to at least 20 homes, and public works building.
The county is about a two-hour drive northwest from Austin.
Storm spotters reported seeing a tornado near Franklin, and FOX44 News, KXAN’s sister station in Waco, received this picture from Madison County.
There are several reports of damage and injuries in Franklin. FOX44 News was in the area minutes after the storms moved through. We saw several ambulances, fire trucks, and power company workers arriving in the area and rushing out. There were roofs ripped off buildings, trees down, and power poles lines snapped. In these videos, you can see some of the destruction left behind by the storms.
They also saw trees down in Marlin, near the Falls County Courthouse. Along with trees covering the roads, the power was out in the area surrounding the courthouse. At 1:45pm, there were 1600 people without power in Marlin according to Oncor.
The Salvation Army is sending a mobile disaster relief team to provide food, water and emotional and spiritual support to survivors and first responders. On Saturday, the group is expected to serve 300 meals to residents at the Franklin Food Pantry located at 201 S. Calvert St.
The Central Texas Red Cross is also working to help those affected in Franklin.
The Red Cross is in contact with local officials to assess the needs in Franklin. We will work w/local partners to ensure residents have shelter, food and other immediate needs. Our volunteers will soon begin their damage assessment process to assess the damage to homes affected. pic.twitter.com/epKFBdrUP7 — Central TX Red Cross (@RedCrossCenTex) April 14, 2019
Rockdale Volunteer Fire Department dispatched three Units and 10 personnel to Franklin, Texas to assist with search and rescue in the aftermath of the storm.
Two children were killed in Pollok, Texas after a tree fell on a car in Pollok, according to KETK TV in Tyler. The county is north of Houston near Davy Crockett National Forest.
According to the Angelina County Sheriff’s Office, the family was driving along Dewitt Hinson Road just off Highway 843 when the tree fell on top of the car and crashed into the back seat killing both an 8-year-old and 4-year-old.
A tornado also reportedly ripped through Cherokee County, damaging Alto, Texas homes and businesses, KETK reports. A tree damaged two homes, businesses and downed power lines.