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High Winds Cause Damage in Brenham, Pearland


Wind may have been the result of a tornado left shattered windows and crumpled brick in downtown Brenham.

Lee Kailer and his co-workers were on the job at Woodson Lumber when the building began to shake around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

"It just blew for about 15 minutes I guess, and it sounded like a train was coming," Kailer said.

More like a freight train that tore the roof off this brick storage facility at the lumber company. That rooftop landed on a nearby house leaving workers at Woodson with a day to clean up.

That storm also uprooted huge trees and tore down brick walls along the city's historic downtown district. The powerful winds also left about 200 people without power in the small city.

"We do have city crews that are working,” Brenham Fire Chief Rick Boener said.

And then there's little Angels Daycare. A car ran inside of it last week, and a tree fell on it during the storm.

The good news: the children weren't there when the big limb fell. They haven't attended the daycare since last week.

And that's the positive attitude Shorty McCally has after just missing this. His home's roof was torn from the structure by the storm system around 7 a.m..

McCally said he was at work, and no one was home. He said the ranch house is replaceable.

"I wasn't here so that's the main thing," he said.

Just a couple hours later, as the storms moved closer to Houston, residents in Pearland spotted funnel clouds. High winds damaged a Mexican food restaurant as well as an ACE Hardware store. The National Weather Service later confirmed the Pearland damage was the result of a tornado.

From rural Washington County to downtown Brenham, the storm definitely left its foot print. The upside: county emergency officials said not a single life was lost, and there were no serious injuries.

FOX 26 Reporter Randy Wallace and Senior Web Producer Doug Delony contributed to this report

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