REFUGIO – Strong winds driven by hard rain Wednesday and Thursday, June 25-26, caused numerous electrical problems, felled trees and destroyed a house trailer and personal property, according to Mayor Joey Heard on Thursday morning.
John Metz of the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi said the damage was caused by an EF-O tornado, the weakest tornado on the Fujita scale. The tornado was 50 feet wide and traveled one-third of a mile, according to a National Weather Survey conducted by Metz.
Heard said he was informed that a lot of electrical damage occurred at Hillcorps (formerly Quintana) about 10 miles north of Refugio on U.S. Highway 77.
“There’s a lot of felled trees, and we got a lot of them out Wednesday night,” Heard said.
“A lot of palm trees fell on East Heard and Bailey streets,” he added.
“There was a porch and carport on Houston Street damaged,” he said.
Also, Heard said AEP, AT&T and Time Warner Cable had workers out repairing connections.
He added that some utility poles were leaning precariously north of town.
Also, the Refugio County Sheriff’s Department responded to at least three tractor-trailer rigs jackknifed on U.S. Highway 77 north and south of Refugio. No one was hurt and slick uneven highway surfaces likely caused hydroplaning.