Residents Clean Up After Reported Tornado In Snook

*10 P.M. Update*

It's been a rough day for many residents in Burleson County as they are still cleaning up after a reported tornado touched down Friday night.

News 3 has learned the destruction path is spread out for more than a mile.

People are heading from miles around to survey what appears to be tornado damage in Snook including Rebecca McCarty who grew up just down the road from here.

"Yeah, yeah there's tin everywhere in the trees, garbage pretty much a mess," said McCarty, who now lives in College Station.

Seven FedEx trailers were smashed and in pieces around a pecan tree pasture while workers made repairs to the roof of the FedEx warehouse here at County Road 269 and F-M 50.

Nearby business Ceres sustained damage too.

Officials believe the tornado brought winds between 80 and 110 miles an hour and amazingly no one was injured in the storm here in Burleson County.

"We've been very fortunate. We've dodged a bullet. This is our second tornado in eleven days with no injuries and no deaths and we are very fortunate in that respect," said David Bagley, Burleson County Emergency Management Coordinator.

On the edge of town Nancy Junek was checking on her 80-year-old mom's house as crews cleared giant trees that had fallen onto the roof. Luckily her mom was in Houston with them when the storm hit.

"Yeah it's an old house and that wood is hard and a normal roof would have caved in but I don't think, it's just superficial damage," said Junek, of Houston.

The dangerous winds demolished garages and storage sheds and toppled other towering trees too.

Rebecca McCarty's Dad Frank Fojt hid in his closet when the destruction began outside.

"I heard all kind of clattering going on outside and pieces of tin flying everywhere from the garage from the barn boards flying and stuff like this. It was scary for about five minutes," he recalled.

Within minutes his chicken house, and sheds were reduced to rubble.

"It makes you kind of think and say how quickly things can happen. Your life could be over in just a few seconds but you know it came out good the Good Lord was with me," he said.

A scene these residents hope doesn't return.

The Burleson County Emergency Management Office is forwarding pictures to the National Weather Service so they can officially determine if the damage was caused by a tornado and if so, evaluate the twister's strength.

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Residents are cleaning up after Friday night's storms.

The National Weather Service has yet to confirm if a tornado touched down in Burleson County, but officials there are telling us that's what caused severe damage to homes and businesses near Snook.

Daylight brought a clearer perspective of just how damaging Friday night's storms were.

A tornado with anywhere between 80 and 110 mile an hour winds is said to have touched down on the edge of Snook and amazingly no one was injured.

The worst of the damage was out around the Fed Ex warehouse building off Highway 50 and County Road 269 in Burleson County.

Debris from seven Fed Ex trailers were scattered and torn up with pieces wrapped around a pecan tree forest.

Six area homes were also damaged with trees down and barns and storage sheds were shredded to pieces.

"It makes you kind of think and say how quickly things can happen. Your life could be over in just a few seconds but you know it came out good the good Lord was with me," said Frank Fojt, a Snook resident.

"Yeah it's an old house and that wood is hard and a normal roof would have caved in but I don't think, it's just superficial damage," said Nancy Junek, a Houston resident who was checking on her mom's house in Snook after trees fell on it.

The Burleson County Emergency Management office is forwarding pictures to the National Weather Service so they can evaluate how powerful this tornado was and also officially confirm it.

This is the second tornado to hit Burleson County within the last two weeks.

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