Sunday Storms Batter South Texas
By Matt Briscoe
Publisher and Managing Editor
The Southside Light
Corpus Christi—A line of severe storms that moved through South Texas Sunday morning brought with it strong wind and heavy rain. While Corpus Christi proper was spared any significant damage, reports from around the region told a different tale including downed power lines, tree limbs down and trampolines picked up and thrown by the wind and even an EF-0 tornado near Beeville.
Tornado warnings and Severe Thunderstorm Warnings were issued for many counties across South Texas as the system made its way through the area.
And as for power there were 4,000 customers without it in the Corpus Christi area alone, according to AEP Texas. To the east, some 10,000 AEP Texas customers were without power around the Victoria Crossroads. The utility said that they'd work through the night to restore it.
What was formerly known as NAS Beeville, now known as Chase Field, an EF-0 tornado blew through about ½ a mile of the field destroying several recreational vehicles and a mobile home. No injuries were reported.
In Duval County, San Diego reported overturned carports and minor damage as the storm blew through. A storm report from Freer noted about 1 ½ inches of rain fell during the event.
Up in Live Oak County, Emergency Managers indicated some street flooding in that county as the storm blew through.
In the Corpus Christi area, while transformers blew causing power outages, the heaviest damage was noted our near Balli Park, where a few tree limbs were reported downed from the storm. Quarter inch hail was reported near Driscoll Children’s Hospital around 8:30 a.m.
By 11:00 a.m. the storm had mostly moved out of the area giving way to vibrant sunshine for the remainder of the day. Forecasters expect a quieter week ahead with the possibility of a few more showers returning later in the week.
This system was by far the strongest storms to blow through Deep South Texas yet this season.