Update: Severe storms leave damage in Abilene, San Angelo early Saturday

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Abilene Storm Damage 2 (5-18-19) - 720

ABILENE and SAN ANGELO, Texas –  Severe thunderstorms left damage across the Big Country and Concho Valley of West Central Texas early Saturday morning.

Two of the hardest hit areas included Abilene and San Angelo.

According to BigCountryHomepage.com, significant damage was reported on the western side of the city along the Winters Freeway corridor, from Corsicana to Willis and from South 14th to South 1st Street. Other damage has been reported citywide.

Aerial video captured by Abilene Drone and provided to BigCountryHomepage.com showed entire roofs blown off homes and debris scattered throughout the streets.

There was also damage reported to several businesses and vehicles. 

City officials said there were no reports of serious injuries or fatalities.

The City of Abilene’s Emergency Operations Center was activated early Saturday morning.

Mayor Anthony Williams signed a disaster declaration late Saturday morning, according to BigCountryHomepage.com.

On Sunday, a storm survey team from the National Weather Service in San Angelo confirmed an EF-2 caused damage in Abilene.

Portions of Taylor County, including Abilene, were under a Tornado Warning when the storm hit. 

U.S. Congressman Jodey Arrington (R – District 19) released the following statement Saturday afternoon concerning the storm damage in the Abilene area:

“I know folks from all across West Texas are concerned about our friends in Abilene given the severe weather and apparent tornado that damaged part of the City. I spoke with Mayor Anthony Williams and other local officials and was encouraged to learn that there were no reported injuries or fatalities. Please continue to pray for those who have been affected by the storm.”

There was also reports of wind damage in Jones County, just north of the Abilene metropolitan area.

AEP Texas crews continue to restore power in Abilene and surrounding communities.

Severe thunderstorms also left damage in their wake across the Concho Valley, including San Angelo.

The San Angelo Fire Department reported damage to numerous homes on the north side of the city.

There was also reports of scattered damage all across the city, as well as flooding. 

A building reportedly collapsed at the West Texas Boys Ranch in the Tankersley community, just southwest of the city.

A storm survey team Saturday afternoon confirmed damage from at least an EF-2 tornado in the Bradford area of north-central San Angelo. The storm survey will continue on Sunday. 

Portions of Tom Green County, including San Angelo, were under a Tornado Warning when the storm hit. 

There were no reports of serious injuries or any fatalities.

AEP Texas crews continue to restore power in Abilene and surrounding communities.

On Sunday, the National Weather Service also confirmed EF-2 tornado damage Ballinger, which is located in Runnels County.

Law enforcement said Saturday the damage track stretched from the Ballinger Country Club to near Ballinger High School.

Damage was reported to several homes. There was also damage reported around Ballinger High School baseball stadium.

Law enforcement also reported a church in the community of Silver Valley suffered roof damage from a possible tornado. Silver Valley is located in Coke County, northwest of Robert Lee.

More severe weather is expected across the Big Country and the Concho Valley on Monday. 

(Information provided by BigCountryHomepage.com and ConchoValleyHomepage.com)

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