Tornado touched down near Bastrop, weather service confirms

BASTROP, Texas (KXAN) — The National Weather Service confirmed that a small tornado actually touched down Monday on Single Oak Crossing near Bastrop. Neighbors who live in that area said it happened around noon Monday. The winds picked up so quickly few were initially worried.

Larry and Fay Monk were watching the storm from their garage with the door up.

“Then, my wife said we better shut the door,” Larry said. “So, I waited until the winds died down a little bit, and shut it. By the time we got into the house, our chimney had been ripped clean off, and my wife said it was lying on the side of the house.”

“We have to look at a lot of factors, but it could very well be a weak tornado,” Paul Yura with the National Weather Service said during his investigation. “It may end up being the weakest of the weak tornadoes, like what we call an EF-0.”

Yura interviewed people in the neighborhood and surveyed all the damage. He admitted it did appear as though items were thrown in several different directions. Part of the Monks’ fence was torn off and thrown several yards. And the winds appeared to create a pathway of downed fences through the back of the neighborhood.

“My daughter yelled, ‘Oh my God! I think it’s a tornado!” said Tracey Mank, who lives across the street from the Monks. She says her daughter described leaves swirling in an upward fashion as though they were in a funnel. Other residents across the neighborhood reported the same thing.

The Monks house was the most heavily damaged with several items thrown and smashed in their backyard. The home also sustained water damage as rain poured inside the home once the chimney flew off.

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