Leander neighbors shocked at widespread damage from severe storm

Austin

LEANDER, Texas (KXAN) — Powerful storms ripped through Central Texas Wednesday afternoon, leaving residents of one neighborhood in Leander reeling as they scanned the widespread damage. 

KXAN crews arrived on Wednesday right when people began to emerge from their homes to see what the storm left behind. 

“It looked like looking into a washing machine out the window,” said Daniel Brown, who lives in Leander. “I was not getting too excited about it, but my wife has been proven right about it. This was a real storm.” 

Brown was huddled with his wife and two young daughters when a tree came crashing down in his front yard. 

“Because of that char, it could be a lightning strike,” Brown noted as he surveyed what appeared to be scorched bark right where the tree split in half. 

He said now it’s time to get to work to clean off his front porch. 

Just a few blocks down, Amanda Linson and her four daughters were surprised to see the damage up close. Linson stood on top of her fallen backyard fence, saying: 

“I started getting pictures of my house basically being demolished. This is the remnants of it. You just got to try to make the best of it and get it cleaned up!

Her heavy workout equipment was tossed like toys. Their family trampoline could be found flipped up into the trees. 

“It was chaotic and a lot of stuff just ruined,” she said. “People are bummed.”

At least her girls see the bright side: they’ve begun planning for the future once clean-up is complete. 

“I think the one thing that they are going to want to do is just focus on getting a new trampoline,” Linson said. 

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