Storm debris, power outages in Snyder possibly caused by tornado

    (Nick Bradshaw/KTXS)

    The National Weather Service said storm debris and power outages in Snyder may have been caused by a tornado.

    “We have received a report of a possible tornado in Snyder," said the National Weather Service. "Initial touchdown around midnight near FM 1609/1607 intersection moving northeast into the northwestern side of town with power poles snapped, overturned trailer, mobile homes and barns."

    Seventy mile per hour winds were reported in Snyder.

    The National Weather Service plans to send a crew Thursday to determine whether the damage was caused by an EF0 tornado or straight-line winds.

    No serious injuries have been reported as of 1:30 a.m.

    The Snyder Volunteer Fire Department rescued people from flipped trailers on the north side of town.

    Deputy Fire Marshal Nathan Hines told KTXS that an RV Park was hit by the tornado or straight-line winds and two travel trailers were blown over.

    The roof was blown off a mobile home.

    Hines said a house fire may have been caused by lightning and high winds made it tough to fight.

    He also said trees were blown down on top of multiple homes and power poles have been snapped throughout the city.

    As of 4:25 a.m., Oncore was reporting 1,600 customers without power.

    "Please do not get out as lines are down throughout the county," said the fire department.

    TxDOT said US 180 west and SH 208 north in Scurry County were closed due to down power lines.

    SH 208 north reopened about 2:30 a.m.

    "We are receiving reports of debris county wide and downed power lines county wide," said TxDOT. "Please refrain from travel in the Snyder area if possible."

    Additional crews are looking for debris reported in the "Greenhill addition" on Huffman Ave. north.

    The City of Snyder has opened a "warming center" at Calvary Baptist Church Family Life Center for anyone who needs a warm place to stay until the power is restored.

    The warming center will be table and chairs only at this time. Take blankets, pillows, medicines and any other necessities with you.

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