In North Fort Worth, people who live on Oliver Drive near Heritage Trace Parkway are certain a tornado swept through Wednesday afternoon.
Their certainty came well before the National Weather Service made their official determination Thursday morning that an EF-1 twister touched down in their neighborhood.
Neighbors reported seeing what appeared to be a funnel cloud track through the neighborhood, which sits east of Interstate 35W.
A National Weather Service survey team confirmed Thursday the tornado left a trail of damage stretching about a half mile and packed winds reaching up to 90 mph.
"We just put a roof on our pergola and that was flying, our chairs were being moved, our storage shed was moved," said Kim Panquerna.
Panquerna was home with her 3-year-old son when she looked out her kitchen window to see debris blowing across the yard. Panquerna took her child and dog into a closet and waited until the storm passed.
"I'm just so thankful that we were OK, that the Lord totally took care of us," she said.
The Panquerna home had roof and water damage.
The Fort Worth Fire Department reported three homes with wind damage. There were also trees and fences blown down, along with windows broken out.
No injuries were reported Wednesday afternoon.
"Whenever I heard the debris hitting the garage, the whole house shook," said neighbor Jesse Fitzgerald.
The home he is staying in on Horace Avenue saw much of the backyard destroyed. Fitzgerald said there was a leak in the house, but the rest of the structure seemed fine.
Fitzgerald said he heard the storm sirens go off shortly before the damaging winds blew in. Fort Worth was under a Tornado Warning at the time.
Neighbors mobilized quickly to move trees out of the way and help those with damage clean up.
"People I don't even know are out picking up debris in my yard," said Panquerna. "It's a really special community."
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