Tornado rips through small East Texas town

By Molly Reuter - bio | email

CASS COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Law enforcement officials have confirmed a tornado touched down near the small Cass County town of Hughes Springs.  The storm came through around 8:00 p.m., Thursday.  Fortunately, no injuries were reported, but as you can imagine it was a very scary night for those who lived through it.

"My wife was standing at the front door, and she asked about that cloud, and said 'that's the funniest cloud I have ever seen'," said Hugh Springs resident Danny Lancaster.  "I said that's the closest you're going to see a tornado without it being on the ground."  That's when Lancaster said he knew he and his wife had to get to safety.  Lancaster says they hid in their bathroom and waited.

"It was a real high pitch noise, and I really thought when we came out, the roof would be off the house," said Lancaster.  The Lancaster's were lucky, but they did suffer some damage.  The tornado busted out their windows, and down the street at his daughter's house, Lancaster says there was even more damage.

"At my daughters house, the winds moved the concrete top on her well half way."  The winds were so strong, Lancaster said it moved his daughter's storage shed 30 feet from where it stood, and her trampoline ended up in a tree.  Authorities say they won't know the extent of the damage until Friday morning.

"There are trees down everywhere," said Hugh Springs police Sergeant Jay Cates Thursday night.  "We got damage to homes, nothing serious, but it's still dark.  We haven't been able to see everything."  The National Weather Service is expected to survey the damage Friday.

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