The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX

May 21, 2013

Severe weather has passed through Hunt County

Minor damage reported; unconfirmed reports of a tornado in south Hunt County


Herald-Banner Staff

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UPDATED 5:04 p.m.: The severe weather has passed through Hunt County. We are still under a tornado watch until 7 p.m., and the county is under a flood advisory until 7:30 p.m. We have received reports of a tornado touching ground in south Hunt County, but those reports have not been confirmed by local authorities.

UPDATED 3:11 p.m.: From Blake Cooper, CISD Superintendent:

This afternoon could be interesting. We are currently under a tornado WATCH. HOPEFULLY our threat will come after school is out and kids are safe with their parents. HOWEVER, we could find ourselves in a situation that will warrant sheltering.

If you want to pick up your child before the end of school, please feel free to do so. If you are picking up your hold at the time of a tornado warning you will be required to stay at the school for “shelter in place” activities.

Should we be under a WARNING at dismissal time, we will NOT release ANYONE until the threat has passed. Parents may pick up their children at any time PRIOR to us activating our SEVERE WEATHER PLAN. Afterwards no one will be released. Parents and others may shelter in our building but no one will leave until the threat has passed. Buses will not run until the threat has passed as we will be sheltering Transportation and Maintenance Staff at CMS or ACW.

Also, all activities for this evening will be canceled and rescheduled for another time.

I apologize for any inconvenience and hope you will understand our concern.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

UPDATED 3:06 p.m.: The only severe weather warning siren going off is the one at the SportsPark, due to the severe thunderstorm warning for winds in excess of 60 mph

UPDATED 3:04 p.m. The office of Hunt County Judge John Horn has announced that the first floor of the Hunt County Courthouse is still considered as an emergency storm shelter and will be open to the public until such time as the threat of severe weather has passed.

UPDATED 3 p.m. The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Hunt County until 3:45 p.m.

UPDATED 2 p.m. From the Greenville Parks and Recreation Department: All games are canceled for Tuesday, May 14, 2013 for YMCA/city leagues due to severe weather. Thank you. For more information call 903.457.2994

Update from the National Weather Service: A LINE OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT LOCATIONS NORTHWEST OF A BONHAM...DALLAS...HILLSORO...TO HAMILTON LINE THROUGH 3 PM. THE STORMS WILL MOST LIKELY PRODUCE WIND GUSTS BETWEEN 40 AND 50 MPH...HEAVY RAINFALL AND CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING AS THEY MOVE

EAST NORTHEAST AT 45 MPH. A FEW STORMS MAY BRIEFLY BECOME SEVERE AND PRODUCE WIND GUSTS TO 60 MPH. ADDITIONAL STORMS ARE EXPECTED ACROSS NORTH TEXAS THROUGH THE AFTERNOON.

UPDATE: 1:43 p.m. The Greenville Independent School District has announced it will be releasing classes 45 minutes early today, due to the threat of severe weather. The Phoenix School released at 1 p.m. today.

As of 1 p.m., a squall line of thunderstorms, some severe, was positioned northwest of Fort Worth and moving northeast across the Red River into Oklahoma. Another cluster of storms was located in the far northeast corner of Texas. At the present time, there is no severe weather in the immediate area, although thunderstorms are expected to cross into region sometime after 2 p.m. today. A tornado watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. tonight.