Strong winds, hail flatten home, cause severe damage in Hill Country

Hill Country

SAN SABA COUNTY, Texas (KXAN) — At least one tornado touched down in the northern Hill Country last night, according to the National Weather Service. The confirmed touchdown was reported in Mason County, but additional wind damage was observed north of there in Richland Springs and Algerita (San Saba County). 

The first tornado warning of the night was issued for San Saba County around 8:40 p.m. and the last, for eastern parts of neighboring Mason County, expired at 10:45 p.m. 

After surveilling the Richland Springs area on Saturday morning, the National Weather Service says they have found no evidence of a tornado touching down in San Saba. They did say there were high winds of 80-90 mph and hail the size of softballs. They said the hail killed some livestock in the area with severe damage to structures.

A home collapsed when a tornado touched down in Richland Springs Friday, May 26, 2018. (KXAN photo/Tim Holcomb)

Marsha Hardy with the San Saba County Office of Emergency Management said one home was found leveled on Hall Street in Richland Springs, located in the western part of San Saba County on US 190. Wind-blown hail dented gas pumps in the area as well.

Mondo Garcia who volunteers with the Richland Springs Fire Dept. was on scene and said many windows and windshields were blown out and shattered glass can now be seen on streets across the area. 

A vacant mobile home was flattened by the storm and another mobile home was damaged when strong winds ripped off one side of it. Teri Alcorn, who lives in that mobile home, says she was hiding inside her bedroom with her pets when it happened.

“I came out of my room and I looked around. I saw all the mirrors broke, all the windows broke, hail balls in the living room, all the leaves off the trees in the living room … I just couldn’t believe that this was still standing,” Alcorn said.

A portable office at the Feed Lot fertilizer business on the east side of the town is no longer there, officials said.

No injuries have been reported. 

There is also damage reported at Richland Springs School. Students and families sheltered in the school gym during a graduation ceremony interrupted by the storm.

Electricity has been lost in the town. The NWS has given authorities a line from Locker south to Richland Springs to go door-to-door and check on residents.

The San Saba County Sheriff’s Office said multiple tornadoes were reported to them, but this has not yet been confirmed by National Weather Service crews.

A shelter at the First Baptist Church has been set up for anyone displaced.

In northeastern Mason County, near the town of Pontotoc, a DPS trooper reported a separate tornado touchdown around 9:25 p.m. This makes our fourth confirmed tornado touchdown in central Texas so far this spring season.

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