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Strong winds, heavy rain, hail strike Central Texas cities

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Posted: Saturday, March 29, 2014 4:30 am

A strong line of storms moved through Central Texas on Friday afternoon, bringing heavy rainfall and hail.

Pea-sized to golf ball-sized hail was reported in Killeen and Harker Heights about 3 p.m. Friday as traffic on parts of U.S. Highway 190 came to a standstill amid heavy rain and high winds.

Bell County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Donnie Adams said the department received a couple of reports about downed trees, but no structure damage or injuries were reported during the storm.

Several Central Texas counties, including Lampasas, Coryell, Milam, Williamson, Bell and McLennan, were under a severe storm watch Friday, according to the National Weather Service.

Fire Chief Hal Pagel with the Moffat Volunteer Fire Department stationed himself at the Emergency Operations Center and had three storm spotters in Coryell County, Morgan’s Point Resort and Troy to notify Bell County of the storm’s progress.

Some damage

After the storm passed, a few Belton residents reported blown out windows and softball-sized hail in the Dawson Ranch area west of Belton High School.

Wind-driven golf ball-sized hail was probably responsible for the window damage in Belton, said Dennis Cavanaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

Gusts of 60 mph were reported in the area, he said.

In Temple, one tree fell into a road but didn’t land on anything, a Temple Police Department dispatcher said late Friday afternoon. The dispatcher said she didn’t know of any serious accidents or damage from the storm.

Parts of Killeen, Harker Heights, Nolanville, Temple, Belton and Salado all reported power outages during the storm, but Oncor spokesman Carl Green said it was restored by early evening.

In Leon County, wind gusts reaching 65 mph took down power lines, destroyed large pine trees and caused building damage in Centerville, Cavanaugh said, with the area east of Temple receiving the brunt of the storm as it moved across Central Texas.

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