Monday morning storm brings wind damage but little rain

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Ken Marshall works on his home on East Fourth Street in Henrietta Monday after a strong thunderstorm tore the roof from the house in the early morning hours.

Ken Marshall works on his home on East Fourth Street in Henrietta Monday after a strong thunderstorm tore the roof from the house in the early morning hours.

A thunderstorm that rolled through Clay County early Monday morning brought with it damaging winds but only modest amounts of rainfall.

Ken and Linda Marshall awoke at about 5 a.m. to the sound of the wind peeling the roof off of their mobile home on East Fourth Street. Ken Marshall, a carpenter, said he and his son were driving to his shop to get tarps for the roof when he almost struck a tree that had blown into the street.

He worked feverishly to get the roof patched as another thunderstorm threatened the northern edge of Henrietta just after noon Monday.

His was one of at least two roofs in Henrietta to suffer heavy damage. The wind also tore the roof from a barn at Kerr Feed and Grain. Several fences and carports were also heavily damaged.

Mike Nieto of Oncor Electric said only a few homes were without power in and around Henrietta after the storm, but the rest of the Wichita Falls area did not fare as well. As of 7 a.m., 2,164 customers in the area did not have electricity, said Nieto. Oncor brought in repair crews from other areas, and by 4 p.m., only 210 customers were without power, including three in Henrietta.

“They were caused by trees in the power lines, broken poles and various issues caused by wind and lightning,” said Nieto. “We will return service as customers can take service.”

Weather spotter Larry Duncan of Henrietta measured wind speeds averaging more than 45 miles-per-hour, including one gust at 58 mph. Duncan recorded 0.39 inches of rain. Reports of precipitation in Henrietta varied from 0.39 to 1.5 inches. No hail was reported with the storm.

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