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Friday Night Storms Move Through Mason County In Two Waves
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 • Posted June 17, 2009

Early Friday evening, even though a tornado watch was in effect, residents had started to breathe a sigh of relief when it appeared that the storms would move east of the Mason area. By 8:30 p.m., the line of storms moving south from McCulloch County had begun building back to the west, and by 9:00 p.m., the northern part of the county was hammered with torrential rains, large hail and high winds.

That first storm was the precursor for a long night of storms that moved through in multiple waves, finally diminishing around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday.

In Streeter and Katemcy, tornadic winds and large hail were the main threats, and trees bore the brunt of the damage. Along Highway 386 out toward Fredonia, the storm gained intensity and took out its fury on greenhouses and hay barns. It then made a large "horseshoe," winding out toward Art where it damaged rooftops and vineyards, before heading south toward the Llano River.

As it crossed back over Highway 87, it tore off the tin on the roof of the Seth and Kathryn Martin home, then moved a double-wide modular home five feet off its foundation on the Northcutt ranch, where the family escaped safely after a bumpy night.

On Saturday morning, residents around the area were still assessing the damages and discovering losses due to hail, lightning and wind.

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