Several Brazos Valley communities dealt with storm damage Thursday after high winds and heavy rain rolled through the area overnight.
According to Leon County Sheriff Kevin Ellis, wind toppled trees throughout the county, taking power lines with them. Several homes were significantly damaged, as were smaller structures such as chicken houses. One home hit by heavy winds along County Road 278 was considered a total loss, and on F.M. 1511 a mobile home toppled over with people inside, Ellis said.
He said no serious injuries were reported in the county, though two horses were killed.
The storm particularly affected homes near the town of Marquez. Numerous power lines were downed along Texas 75 between Buffalo and Centerville, and homes along F.M. 831, F.M. 1511, F.M. 3178 and F.M. 542 were damaged. Power loss was reported in Centerville, but as of Thursday afternoon power had been restored to the city. Ellis recommended anyone with damage contact Leon County emergency management coordinator Jimmy Carrigan at 255-9668.
School in the Richards school district was canceled because of a power outage; the Normangee district also canceled school because of the inclement weather.
In Robertson County, Hearne city manager John Naron reported that City Cafe experienced structural collapse after rainwater appeared to have weakened mortar over time. An awning in town also collapsed, he said.