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High Winds and Golf Ball Size Hail Wreak Havoc in Lexington


A huge tree was twisted and snapped in several pieces during last Wednesday morning’s storm. The tree missed the house located on Giddings Street in Lexington, but apparently not the truck that was parked in the driveway near it. A huge tree was twisted and snapped in several pieces during last Wednesday morning’s storm. The tree missed the house located on Giddings Street in Lexington, but apparently not the truck that was parked in the driveway near it. High winds and golf ball size hail pelted Lexington in the early morning hours last Wednesday, March 20, the official first day of Spring. The storm hit just outside of Lexington on FM 112 shortly after midnight Tuesday night, uprooting trees, breaking off large branches and taking the roof off at least one home in its path before it hit the city limits minutes later.

Kevin and Carol Mahr were awakened in the middle of the night after their roof was completely ripped off their home, which is located on FM 112 about four miles outside of Lexington. Their roof littered their front pasture, as well as the road and pasture across from their house. Part of their roof landed in a tree in the front yard of Jack Graves, who lives directly across from them.

Another neighbor, Jack Dunn, said he heard the storm hit.

“It didn’t sound like a train, but it was loud and sounded like rushing water or something,” he said. He lost his chicken coop and a horse stall to the wind, but he said they also had hail the size of golf balls.

From all the damage, it looked as if a tornado passed through the area.

In the city proper of Lexington, several homes and buildings suffered roof damage from wind and hail. Both St. James Lutheran Church and the United Methodist Church, located on Rockdale Street, had stained glass window panes shattered by the winddriven hail. Many very large trees were fell and branches were twisted off and lay piled up in peoples’ yards.

Gregory Willrich, Sr. said the hail piled up on his front porch. He braved the heavy ice balls, going outside to gather dozens of them, saving them to show others later that morning. He brought a large bowl into the Leader full of golf ball size (and larger) hail balls, a picture of which you can see in this week’s paper.

Roofing companies, construction companies, dent repair specialists and auto body repair companies have been canvassing the area, ready to help fix the problems suffered in last week’s storm.

Other parts of Lee County got some rain, some wind, some hail, but nothing like what hit Lexington.

One local resident said Spring really came in like a Lion, as Wednesday was the first day of the new season.

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