Small Airplanes Flipped, Damaged in Texas Storm

Authorities say eight small airplanes were flipped or otherwise severely damaged as storms blew through Southeast Texas.

Officials at Hawthorne Field in Kountze, 80 miles northeast of Houston, said the bad weather hit late Tuesday afternoon.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain said nobody was hurt.

Airport operator Dale Williford said early estimates indicate five planes were destroyed, while three were damaged. Some of the tethered private planes were blown into a wooded area. The main hangar at Hawthorne Field has roof damage.

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The National Weather Service said the winds were likely caused by a microburst, when rainfall rapidly cools the air and conditions quickly change. Forecaster Donald Jones said such events can generate winds topping 60 mph.

Storms father north, in Tyler, damaged trees and downed some power lines.

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