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Two rescued from car on FM 773

The Malakoff News of Malakoff, Texas

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70 mph tornado hits Eustace; on ground for three minutes

HENDERSON COUNTY-Despite tornadoes and heavy rain over the weekend, Henderson County suffered only minor damage.

Two individuals were rescued from the top of their vehicle over the weekend after swift water on FM 773 engulfed their vehicle. Brownsboro Volunteer Fire Department and Murchison VFD executed the rescue, transferring the individuals to dry ground. Neither of the persons were injured however the road remained closed on Monday due to flood waters.

Several other roads were closed due to flooding and/or debris in the road including CR 293 0, CR 2922, CR 2938 and CR 2919. Peach Tree Road was also closed.

In Eustace, an EF-0, 70 mile an hour wind tornado was reported around 2:44 p.m. The 40-yard wide tornado stayed on the ground for approximately three minutes.

Lawrence MacMillian, a resident on CR 293 8 by Hilltop Tires reported a metal storage had blown up into a tree, and several light poles fell, knocking out power for several hours.

"My wife's windmill was blown down and we were without power for more than 12 hours," MacMillian said.

MacMillian and his wife have lived in the area for more than 31 years and say they have never seen anything like it.

Fortunately, no weather-related injuries were reported in the Henderson County area during the weekend's heavy storm but by Monday, the county received 4.83 inches of rain at Athens Municipal \irport and between 8:55-11:55 a.m. Sunday, four more inches of rain fell in the Lake Athens area.

Other parts of Texas were not so lucky. The Fort Worth National

Weather Service reported nine confirmed tornadoes in the North-Central Texas area including the EF-4 that ripped through the Rowlett/Garland area, killing 11 people and damaging-more than 1,000 homes.

Payne Springs Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the Garland and Rowlett area Saturday after the tornadoe.

PSVFD sent a six-man crew along with a three-man squad and two-man Command. EVT and service also responded assisting with the primary and secondary searches;.

Weather forecast for New Year's Eve and Day should be mostly cloudly with a high of 48 degrees and a low of 33 degrees with a nine to 25 percent chance of parcipitation.

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Original Publication Date: January 1, 2016

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