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Tornado count from recent storms could rise


Tornado count from recent storms could rise
The last of the East Bexar County cotton gins is reduced to rubble after succumbing to the storms that came through the area in the early morning hours of March 20. Located in Martinez, the gin was originally constructed during the late 1800s. The storms brought tornadoes to parts of South Texas, along with strong winds, hail, and heavy rain. See unofficial rainfall reports, page 1D. CHARLES MIKOLAJCZYK JR./Courtesy


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Spring has made a violent entrance into South Central Texas, and storms that ravaged the area during the overnight hours of March 19-20 have residents talking.

While there were some calls into the Wilson County News about tornadoes occurring in Karnes County, officials from the National Weather Service still have not confirmed any tornadic activity for Karnes or Wilson counties. A tornado warning was in effect for Karnes County from 4:05-4:30 a.m. March 20, said meteorologist Joe Baskin of the Austin-San Antonio National Weather Service Forecast Office in New Braunfels.

The warning was issued after radar images from New Braunfels and Corpus Christi showed a cell over the Runge area that was capable of producing a tornado, Baskin said. Because Runge is on the edge of the radar systems for both forecast offices, Baskin said officials issued the warning to be “better safe than sorry.”

The excitement began at approximately 8:30 p.m. March 19, when lightning began flashing across the skies over South Central Texas. This, Baskin said, began when an intense low-pressure system that originated over the West Coast and then pulled in moisture as it met with a cold front over New Mexico, came into the area.

Baskin said on March 26 that weather service officials were inspecting damage in the Runge area. A determination as to whether a tornado occurred had not been made as of press time that day.

However, tornadoes were confirmed in Medina and Atascosa counties. One also was confirmed in southern Bexar County. The San Antonio Area Chapter of the American Red Cross reported March 22 that 58 homes sustained varying degrees of damage. Red Cross, Salvation Army, and United Way volunteers continue to assist those in the affected areas through the Coordinated Assistance Network, said Red Cross spokesman Lucy Lashover.

Financial donations are being sought to assist with relief efforts. Anyone wishing to help should call the Red Cross’ Disaster Services Department at 210-224-5151.

Baskin reminds anyone who believes that a tornado touched down in their area to make a report with the weather service, so further investigation can be conducted. He said along with the report, photographs also can be sent, which will prompt a team to come and physically assess damage.

To file a report, call 830-629-0130, ext. 4, or visit http://1.usa.gov/FSlcxh. Information also can be submitted via Facebook.
 

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