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Texas Weather: Strong Winds Throw Small Planes At Central Texas Airport


Severe thunderstorms that swept over central Texas on Friday left thousands without power and damaged homes, businesses and at least two small planes at a municipal airport.

The straight-line winds were blamed for two planes that were tossed like toys on the tarmac at Gatesville Municipal Airport outside the town of about 15,000 west of Waco. The roof of a neighboring building was also torn from its structure.

Further south, storms damaged trees and carports in the Austin area, and a Bastrop County general store was also ravaged by high winds.

The storms were part of a complex that moved over the state on Friday night but ran out of energy as it passed through southeast Texas overnight.

In the far southwest of Texas, quarter-sized hail has been reported at a U.S. Border Patrol facility in Comstock, located just northwest of Del Rio.

Tornado warnings were issued Friday evening in at least two locations east of the Austin area. The National Weather Service planned to send a team to investigate damage reports in Bastrop and Fayette counties on Saturday.

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In the Houston area, winds of up to 51 mph were reported near Brookshire just after 10:30 p.m., but no major damage was reported.

The winds also knocked down trees along Highway 99 near Fry Road outside of Katy. Downed trees have also been reported northeast of Fulshear in the Cross Creek Ranch area, according to the National Weather Service.





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