Powerful Storms Pound Central Texas

Powerful thunderstorms that produced recorded winds of as high as 87 miles per hour early Saturday morning left a trail of damage behind stretching from Speegleville and Woodway down Highway 84 and Franklin Avenue and into Robinson.

Debris litters Franklin Avenue where the Coca Cola bottling plant lost its roof. Other buildings in the area were also damaged.

Power company crews were at work trying to restore power to a large area of northwest Waco.

Power lines are down in many areas and residents are advised to be cautious around them.

Traffic lights were out at major intersections and traffic was moving slowly in some places.

There were reports of a tornado on the ground in the area early Saturday, but those have not been confirmed.

There were also reports of widespread property damage in Robinson.

One couple who were moving into a new home lost the home and their possessions early Saturday.

Amazingly, however, there were no reports of serious injuries.

Waco’s Time-Warner Cable also was hit hard and some employees were reportedly trapped in the building for a period of time.

As the storms moved through the Waco area early Saturday, they produced not only high winds, but also large hail and frequent lightning.

Trees and power lines are reported down throughout the area.

In McLennan County, there was a report of a roof being blown off a building and onto a patrol car.

Tree limbs were reported down in the Crawford area.

Heavy rains produced flooding in Bell County, where there were also reports of wind damage.

Trucks were blown off the Interstate by high winds and a portion of the highway in Troy was closed temporarily because of high water.
Streets were closed in Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple and Nolanville because of high water.

Trees were blown down in Valley Mills in southern Bosque County.

There were reports of flooding early Saturday in Falls County as the storms moved eastward.

Earlier as the storms moved through western areas of the region there were reports of grapefruit size hail in Lampasas County,