SCURRY COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – The National Weather Service is investigating a possible tornado that may have touched down in Hermleigh during severe storms Sunday night.
The system moved through around 8:00 p.m., bringing damaging winds that reached speeds of more than 100 miles per hour.
National Weather Service investigators who went to Hermleigh to survey the damage Monday told KTAB and KRBC they’re unsure if the winds were straight line or from a tornado, but they should be able to determine that soon.
Homes, trees, and power lines in the area all sustained heavy damage during the event.
Most residents said they weren’t home during the storm or weren’t in the most severe path, but one family described hunkering down under their couch for nearly an hour as the roof of their home was blown away.
“I heard this horrible noise coming from my back garage area and I could tell it was something big so I jumped up and told my wife to take cover,” said Hermleigh resident Bill Jones. “It was pretty scary and that’s when i knew it was a tornado and it was hitting hard. My wife and i we just knew that God had us in His hands.”
Amber Hluchan with the NWS in Midland said the damage she and her team had surveyed so far indicated whatever blew through Hermleigh was powerful.
“The damage was pretty bad whatever it was that caused that damage – a tornado or straight line winds – was very strong,” said Hluchan.
About 9:30 pm Monday night, an update from the NWS in Midland did not say whether this storm was a “confirmed tornado” but did share the damage surveyed was consistent with that of a category EF-2 twister.
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