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Community of Blanket cleaning up after EF-1 tornado

Blanket residents clean up after tornado damage

ABILENE, Texas - Residents of Blanket in eastern Brown County are cleaning up the damage after an EF-1 tornado blew through town, Monday night.

Officially, three tornadoes touched down in Brown County Monday but the community of Blanket was hit the hardest.

The National Weather Service came from San Angelo Tuesday to survey the damage. NWS Meteorologists determined that the tornado that hit the town was a category EF-1, with possible winds up to 110 mph.

Tuesday, Brown County Sheriff's deputies blocked off roads so crews could clear up downed telephone lines. Large trees snapped like twigs from the strong winds.

There were no injuries as most of the residents of Blanket heeded the warnings and sought shelter until the storm had passed.

Joy Breed wasn't home at the time but returned to see part of her ceiling missing, her front porch in her backyard, and a large part of her roof in the pasture next to her home.

"It's still overwhelming, but we're all okay, my dogs are okay. I have family that loves me and it's all gonna be fine," says Breed.

Jet Florence rode out the storm in a shelter but saw the funnel approaching. "Just a big funnel sticking out of the bottom of the one cloud that was just hanging over everything" says Florence.

Fortunately, despite some damage, there were no injuries reported from this town of about 400.



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