National Weather Service confirms tornado hit south Abilene, at least EF-2 – KGBT-TV

National Weather Service confirms tornado hit south Abilene, at least EF-2 - KGBT-TV

NWS Reports Tornadoes Struck Abilene, Ballinger, San Angelo

SAN ANGELO, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Four tornadoes struck parts of West Texas, specifically the cities of Abilene, Ballinger and San Angelo, on Saturday in severe weather that damaged homes and businesses, forecasters say.

The National Weather Service on Sunday reported two tornadoes hit parts of San Angelo a day earlier. Another twister was reported Saturday in Ballinger. A fourth tornado struck Abilene.

National Weather Service confirms tornado went through Abilene

Meteorologist Terry Huber in San Angelo said Sunday that officials had no reports of anyone hurt in twisters from the same storm system.

The city of Abilene, Texas, signed a disaster declaration and opened up an emergency operation center on Saturday after a spate of severe weather, including a potential tornado, swept through the community earlier that morning, ripping roofs from homes and walloping cars with wind and debris.

Huber estimated winds topping 111 mph hit San Angelo, damaging homes and businesses and downing power lines. San Angelo police tweeted that Bradford Elementary School would be closed Monday due to no power.

“Even if your family or friends are in the affected areas,” he said during a press conference, “we ask you not to go in right now. Power lines are down and we are concerned about your safety. So let the professionals, those on the ground, coordinate that.”

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Huber said a damage survey team was in Abilene on Sunday. Emergency personnel in Ballinger, 50 miles southwest of Abilene, worked Sunday to clear debris.

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