A small tornado, heavy rains and high winds that swept through Central Texas on Monday night dumped more than 3 inches of rain in some areas of Waco and knocked over trees in eastern McLennan County.
Rain continued to fall Tuesday morning, and more is possible Wednesday, the National Weather Service in Fort Worth predicted. Since 9 a.m. Monday, parts of northern McLennan County received between 6 and 8 inches of rain, according to the NWS.
Bianca Villanueva, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said an EF0 tornado, with winds between 65 and 85 mph, touched down near Battle Lake Golf Course near Mart.
Villanueva said the twister knocked over trees and damaged a structure near the golf course about 10:45 p.m. Monday.
Frank Patterson, McLennan County’s emergency management coordinator, was driving around eastern McLennan County on Tuesday morning surveying damage and watching the Brazos River closely in the Downsville area, which is prone to flooding.
Patterson said he clearly could see the path of the tornado as it touched down in the Battle Lake Road area. No one was injured, he said.
Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson said his agency worked about 15 minor accidents Tuesday morning on Interstate 35 and on State Highway 6 and State Highway 31.
No injuries were reported, and most were one-vehicle accidents caused by cars hydroplaning and skidding off the roadway, Wilson said.
Waco police worked about six minor accidents Tuesday morning along I-35, where motorists were slowed just north of downtown by a mudslide that covered the roadway in a construction area.
Waco firefighters hosed down the area to clear the interstate.
Patterson said a storm spotter reported a funnel cloud in eastern McLennan County on Monday night. However, National Weather Service meteorologist Patricia Sanchez said Tuesday morning her office reported no funnel clouds in the area, but radars indicated “some rotation” in the Hallsburg, Riesel and Mart areas.
Later in the day Tuesday, weather service officials confirmed that a small tornado touched down.
Patterson said damage to trees also was caused by straight-line winds. He saw about 20 or 30 trees knocked down around Seven Mile Lane and Battle Lake Road, where the roof of a shed was blown off.
Road crews from Precinct 2 were out Monday night and Tuesday morning, clearing roadways of fallen trees and limbs, Patterson said. Also, golf ball-size hail was reported about five miles west of China Spring, he said.
Sanchez said the area around Lake Waco recorded 3.69 inches of rain Monday night, while just more than 2 inches was reported northeast of Crawford.
She said no rain was expected in the area Tuesday evening.
The weather service is predicting a slight chance of rain for Wednesday, with Thursday, Friday and Saturday expected to be dry. Sanchez said there is a 20 percent chance of rain Sunday afternoon.