By Don Bolding
Killeen Daily Herald
Mid-day storms triggered by a slow-moving cold front put a damper on many Central Texans' Mother's Day festivities Sunday.
The sun peeked out in most places by late afternoon, accompanied by cool temperatures and a little more moisture in the earth.
Two Daily Herald weather watchers in southern and western Killeen reported 0.2 inches, and one in Harker Heights recorded 0.1 inches. One in Copperas Cove reported 0.7 inches and said electricity was off for several minutes. Copperas Cove police said lightning started a small residential fire on Freedom Lane.
The Texas Department of Public Safety in Lampasas reported two tornadoes in Burnet County. One damaged some roofs and overturned a box trailer before moving into Williamson County. Williamson County sheriff's officers said a tornado damaged a house and tore off a barn roof west of Florence, but it was unclear whether it was the same tornado. Pat McDonald, a NWS meteorologist in New Braunfels, said winds near Florence reached 80 miles per hour.
The Lampasas County sheriff's office knew of a storm moving from Burnet to Williamson counties, but the DPS in Georgetown had no confirmed reports of a tornado. Hail the size of ping-pong balls smashed windows in Kerrville.
Heavy weather also disturbed the peace in southern McLennan County, where volunteer firefighters in Hewitt rescued a young man who was trapped while helping the driver of a vehicle out of a drainage ditch. A television station reported rain of 1.60 inches in Waco.
The National Weather Service in Houston said rains at the rate of an inch in 15 minutes had been recorded near the city. Houston had penny- and nickel-sized hail, while golf-ball-size hail was reported in Wharton and Brazoria counties.
Otherwise, in Bell, Coryell and Lampasas counties, a National Weather Service spokesman in Fort Worth said the storms were "very spotty, with a lot of nuisance lightning, but generally not damaging."
After the sun came out, the NWS said the temperature at Killeen was 72 degrees at 7 p.m. It was predicted to drop to 58 degrees before morning.
Forecasts for the rest of the week called for mostly clear to partly cloudy skies with highs gradually climbing to 91 degrees by Thursday.
Lows were expected to remain in the 50s until Thursday night, when the temperature is predicted to rise to a low of 64 degrees.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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