Home blown off its foundation in Burnet County

Watson, Texas tornado. Photo: Aaron Dooley.
Watson, Texas tornado. Photo: Aaron Dooley.

BERTRAM, Texas (KXAN) — A storm survey team from the National Weather Service will be in the Bertram area Friday to confirm that the damage was caused by the tornado, rather than straight line winds. The NWS team will be in the area figuring out the tornado’s width, wind speed and path.

* Story follow-up here – damage survey finds EF-2 damage, scene like “Wizard of Oz”

The Burnet County Office of Emergency Management reports three homes were possibly damaged by a tornado. The damage is reported just north of Bertram on FM 1174 near FM 963.

One of the two-story homes was blown off its foundation and found more than 100 yards away. Emergency crews said the family of four was in the home at the time of the tornado.

“We’re just praying,” said Trenton. “That’s all we’re doing is praying, thank God for his protection because if it wasn’t for him, we’d be gone. Me and my wife built that house; it took us four years to do it — lots of blood, sweat and tears in that house. [It’s] by the grace of God that we’re alive. Nobody got hurt — none of our animals, none of us. We got a little scrapes and stuff, but God was good to us today. Thank Jesus for that.”

Trenton said they found the family dog Friday morning, under one of the bedrooms. Their other animals — goats and chickens — all survived.

Meanwhile, they were waiting on the insurance office early Friday morning to open up to figure everything out, and they’ll be staying with family in the meantime.

A second house had its roof blown off. County officials say it happened in a sparsely populated, rural area.

Firefighters were going through the area looking for homes or any additional damage.

No injuries were reported.


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