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From record heat to tornadoes in two days
These large trees were uprooted Sunday morning during the storm that passed through the Hobson area. Homeowner Robert Hons said “It sounded like a freight train coming.” Hons lost several other trees in the storm as well as part of the roof from one of his sheds.
HOBSON -- South Texas weather is famed for going from one extreme to another. This past weekend was no exception, with a record high set June 29, followed by a possible tornado Sunday, causing a power outage.
According to the National Weather Service website, a new record high temperature of 108 degrees Fahrenheit was set Saturday in San Antonio, breaking the old record of 104 degrees set in 2009. This also broke the old record of 107 degrees for the highest temperature in June, set June 15, 1998.
The next morning, however, area residents woke to rainfall and stormy weather. In Jourdanton, 1.22 inches of rain fell in an hour and 15 minutes, according to the National Weather Service.
In Karnes County, hundreds of households were without power due to the storm that occurred around 5 a.m.
According to line superintendent Patrick Janysek with the Karnes Electric Cooperative, two service areas were affected when debris from buildings severed poles during a storm that may have included a tornado. Janysek said residents heard a sound like a freight train with this storm. He also reported patterns of debris and damage reflective of tornado damage.
The main electric circuit at Coy City that feeds to Poth was affected, as well as poles damaged at Jauer Flats -- an area along U.S. 181 between Karnes City and Hobson.
Power was restored around 3 p.m. for one area, while the second area remained without service until almost 7 p.m.
The National Weather Service had not confirmed a tornado as of press time July 1. For unofficial rainfall totals, see page 4D.
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