Although Not Confirmed, Residents Believe a Tornado Touched Down Near Burton

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

The magnitude of the early morning storm has many residents in Washington and Burleson counties questioning whether a tornado swept through their area.

"It started around 7 in the morning when I thought the storm was ripping the roof of the house off,” said Washington County resident Howard Webster.

Howard Webster says he's never heard anything like it before.

“It's the scariest thing I've ever heard,” Webster added. “You know, people say it sounds like a freight train – Well it does.”

Assessing damage control is how Webster spent his Wednesday morning. He lives in the Zionville Community near Burton and says he is convinced a tornado is the culprit behind what he says is at least $25,000 in damage.

Two barns that Webster says were supposed to sustain 120 mile an hour winds are gone.

“The barns had my horses inside and by the grace of God, they’re ok,” he added.

The debris from the barn and fence line is scattered for miles – it even made its way into nearby pastures; and just a few houses down you'll find more damage.

If you take a short drive into Burleson County -- you'll find trees split in half, many blocking the roadways.

Along Highway 36 in Somerville you’ll find an old tire barn demolished. The winds were so severe it carried much of the building across the street. While Mother Nature has made her mark -- residents in both counties say they are thankful for the bitter sweet blessing.

“It’s a blessing because we haven’t had rain in we don't know, when it rains it goes right over burton, this time, we got some,” said Ira Basey.

The National Weather Service has a crew in Washington County to determine whether or not a tornado or tornadoes touched down. They'll be in Burleson County Thursday.

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