Tornadoes reported in Calhoun, Lavaca counties; no injuries reported
Sept. 29, 2012 at 4:29 a.m.
Updated Sept. 30, 2012 at 4:30 a.m.
A tornado in Port Lavaca damaged a store and downed power lines on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service.
An employee at the Tractor Supply Co. in the 700 block of state Highway 35 South reported damage in the range of several thousands of dollars after the storm hit the area about 6 p.m.
"Our roof was pretty much ripped off and all our tanks and fencing were thrown over the gate," said John Hunt, a store team member. "We were in the store, and the lights just shut off. We have automatic doors and they swung open like house doors ... and the whole store just rattled."
Hunt said he and the other two employees in the store ran for cover in the bathroom when the front doors swung open, but were almost hit by aisle signs that were torn from the ceiling and went whizzing by.
"One almost took my head off. I was running, and it just flew by," Hunt said. "My heart just stopped."
Port Lavaca Fire Capt. Joe Reyes said the department temporarily patched the roof to keep it from leaking.
He said they also had to patch holes from the old Wal-Mart, which is a vacant building.
Also in Calhoun County were reports of funnel clouds and water spouts, said Ian Blaylock, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Corpus Christi.
"Looking at the radar imagery, they certainly look like tornadoes to us," Blaylock said. "We have the signature appearance of tornadoes on radar. Going off that and the ground reports of funnel clouds, we decided to issue tornado warnings."
Hunt said water spouts were reported over San Antonio Bay and East of Aransas Pass, forcing the National Weather Service to issue a marine weather alert.
No injuries were reported in Calhoun County.
Steve Smart, of the National Weather Service in San Antonio, said there was a report of a possible tornado near Shiner, but the radar could not confirm the event.
Smart said some damage was reported in Lavaca County, including a damaged railroad guard and some downed trees, but no injuries were reported.
No damage was reported in Victoria, but the Victoria Regional Airport did receive record-breaking rain fall for Sept. 29 at 1.92 inches by 8:30 p.m.
The forecast for the Victoria area Sunday is a high temperature in the mid-80's but no rain is expected.