Waco dodges tornadoes; Falls and Limestone Counties See Storm Damage | Local Crime News

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The heaviest rains and strongest winds veered east of Interstate 35 Monday evening, avoiding the Waco area but causing damage in Falls and Limestone counties, officials said Tuesday.

A few tornadoes touched down in outlying areas of Falls County as well as Limestone County, officials said.

Despite tornado warning sirens heard in Waco and Woodway, as well as numerous watches and warnings issued by the National Weather Service, the Waco area suffered no damage during Monday night’s severe weather event, officials said.

“Waco and McLennan County had no reportable injuries or property damage last night,” Elizabeth Thomas, director of the Waco-McLennan County Office of Emergency Management, said Monday morning.

Neighboring Limestone County issued flood warnings in addition to windstorm warnings seen in the Waco area.

David Snow, a Limestone County employee, said Tuesday that Limestone County did not experience flooding, but did experience some minor property damage.

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“We blew carport roofs in rural areas,” Snow said. He said the Office of Emergency Management would consolidate reports throughout the day on Tuesday.

Falls County also suffered minor damage, officials said.

“We were fortunate that these tornadoes damaged trees and branches (of trees), but did not destroy any significant property or injure anyone,” Jeff Watkins, County Emergency Management Coordinator, said Tuesday. Falls.

Waco Regional Airport received 0.1 inches on Monday, well below forecasts of an inch of rain that had given drought-stricken farmers hope. But more rain fell in other parts of the city and on the east side of McLennan County.

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