Strong winds spark concerns about fire
By By Caty Hirst - CHIRST@VICAD.COM
Jan. 29, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2013 at 7:29 p.m.
• High of 68 degrees in the afternoon with a low of 35 degrees in the evening.
• Low relative humidity and sunny skies.
• Winds between 15 and 25 mph with gusts up to 36 mph.
Source: National Weather Service of Corpus Christi
Victoria County is expected to be under a critical fire weather danger Wednesday, said Victoria County Fire Marshal Ron Pray.
"The big concern is that people don't burn during these conditions because the fire could get out of hand very, very quickly, and we could have a grass fire," Pray said. "That is a big concern. It can damage property, hay, barns, houses. It could damage a number of things."
Strong winds also caused damage Tuesday in the county, Pray said, with his crews responding to downed power lines on Southwest Moody Street and Beck Road East. A tree also was reported down at Juan Linn and De Leon streets in Victoria, but it was unclear whether the wind was a factor.
No one was injured in either incident.
Sgt. Eline Moya, of the Victoria Police Department, said they did not see an increase in calls because of weather damage. Downed trees and downed power lines occurred in Victoria, however.
A spokesperson for AEP was unavailable for comment Tuesday about possible outages.
Gusts, small hail hit, cause damage in North, East Texas
DALLAS (AP) – Thunderstorms swept across North and East Texas, bringing scattered reports of small hail and tree damage, but no severe structural damage.
Concerns about severe storms and tornadoes for the regions didn’t pan out Tuesday afternoon. However, the storms were heralded by a gust front that blew briefly up to 50 mph in some areas.
In Hughes Springs, near the Louisiana border about 130 miles east of Dallas, Mayor Reba Simpson said a couple of mobile homes were reportedly toppled. She had no report of injuries. The roof was damaged on a Wal-Mart warehouse in Palestine, about 100 miles southeast of Dallas.