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No Damage To Public Buildings In Brazos County Following Friday Night’s Severe Storms

The cleanup continues following severe storms Friday night through the Brazos Valley.

No damage was reported to buildings owned by the cities of Bryan and College Station, Brazos County, the College Station school district, Texas A&M, A&M system locations in Brazos County, and all Blinn College locations.

The city of Bryan had crews working five hours Friday night after the storms moving limbs out of roadways around the city, then on Saturday morning clearing limbs and debris from downtown streets.

The Bryan school district sent a maintenance team out to Rudder High School to repair a portion of the softball fence that was leaning after the storms.

The Brazos County emergency management office said several privately owned structures had roof damage and several travel trailers were flipped.

Continuing coverage Friday night through Sunday afternoon:

Cleanup and power restoration continues following severe weather that moved through the Brazos Valley Friday night.

The National Weather Service office in Houston announced Sunday morning a preliminary report of an EF-1 tornado west/southwest of Caldwell.

The tornado was estimated to have peak wind speeds of 100 miles per hour as it was on the ground for one-tenth of a mile and was 50 to 100 yards wide.

Burleson County emergency management director Duane Strange told WTAW News Saturday morning no one was injured during or after storms that felled power lines and trees.

Strange said in Somerville, there was damage to the Somerville ISD’s Yegua Center.

West of Caldwell, Strange said the wind picked up an unoccupied office trailer and destroyed it.

And he mentioned downed trees and power lines along the Burleson/Lee County line.

A combined 8,400 electric customers from BTU and College Station Utilities (CSU) lost power.

As of Sunday afternoon, BTU’s 74 outages from Friday night were resolved, which affected 4,467 customers.

BTU general manager Gary Miller reports the most time taken by 10 to 15 crews is east of Bryan along FM 1179 in the Planters Loop area. That’s after 11 power poles had to be replaced due to the storms.

Friday night’s storms also resulted in College Station Utilities restoring power to 4,013 CSU customers.

Officials at Texas A&M, Blinn College and the Texas A&M system have received no reports of property damage at their facilities in Brazos County.

WTAW News has also requested information about the response to the severe thunderstorm that went through Brazos County from the county’s emergency management office and the cities of Bryan and College Station.

Click below for comments with Gary Miller and Duane Strange, visiting with WTAW’s Bill Oliver.

Listen to “BTU responds to more than 70 power outages from severe weather” on Spreaker.

Listen to “Severe weather damage update from Burleson County” on Spreaker.

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Posted by on Jan 13 2020. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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