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Forecast indicates calmer weather ahead for Victoria

ALLISON MILES

By ALLISON MILES
June 8, 2012 at 1:08 a.m.

Friday's misting rains were a sign of what's to come, as forecasts call for calmer weather.

Saturday carries less than a 20-percent chance of rain, while things should be completely dry Sunday, said Tawnya Evans, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.

That's a change from what Victoria experienced Thursday night, when heavy winds and pounding rain tore through the area.

A Barnwell Properties apartment complex at 910 Simpson St. lost its roof during the evening storm, while several small portable buildings were upturned at Chaparral Portable & Modular Buildings Inc., 9505 N. Navarro St.

Evans said it's possible the area experienced a microburst, which occurs when a storm begins to collapse, bringing a rush of downward air that spreads out as it hits the ground. Still, she said, nothing was confirmed.

"We had no indications of a tornado or anything of that nature," she said.

Advocate readers reported pea- to grape-size hail in the north end of Victoria.

Power outages were also reported. Calls to AEP to confirm power had been restored were not returned Friday evening.

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