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No reports of damage from stormy weather

By DAVID TEWES
Sept. 15, 2010 at 4:15 a.m.


FORECASTThere is a 20-percent chance of rain or thunderstorms in the forecast for Victoria Thursday.

The high temperature should reach into the low 90s after a morning low in the low 70s.

The weather pattern was forecast to change for the Crossroads Thursday, reducing the chance of a funnel cloud outbreak like the one Wednesday.

"We're going to have a bit more drier air move in," said Zach Finch with the National Weather Service. "It lessens the chance of funnel clouds in that we should have fewer showers and thunderstorms."

There is a 20-percent chance of rain or thunderstorms in the forecast for Victoria Thursday. The high temperature should reach into the low 90s after a morning low in the low-70s.

The tropical air over the Crossroads on Wednesday spawned several reports of funnel clouds and possibly a tornado. The weather service reported no damage.

Michael Buchanan with the weather service said tropical funnels seldom reach the ground because the storms producing them are weaker than those that spawn the larger spring storms.

"Even if it did, you're not looking at a lot of wind," he said.

A tornado warning was issued by the weather service for western Refugio County Wednesday morning. County officials reported a funnel cloud that may have briefly touched down near Woodsboro.

The public reported a funnel cloud near U.S. 87 between Victoria and Placedo Wednesday morning. A caller to the Advocate said it dissipated without touching ground.

Weather radar showed a small area of heavy rain about midway between Victoria and Placedo at the time.

The National Weather Service said it had reports of funnel clouds near Port Lavaca and Victoria. The Victoria Police Department reported on Facebook it had reports of a funnel east of the community center and two in the direction of the county airport.

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