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Tornado rips through northern part of Corrigan last Thursday afternoon
CORRIGAN — Around 4:30 p.m. last Thursday afternoon a tornado hit the northern end of Corrigan. The skies were darkening , the rain was pounding and the winds were picking up speed and the National Weather Service had just issued a tornado warning and urged residents to take shelter. The hardest hit area was the northern part of Corrigan, especially HWY 59 North and the Damascus area. Several roads were blocked due to fallen trees and power lines. Over 5,800 customers of Sam Houston Electric Cooperative were without power. Keith Stapleton, Chief Communications Offi cer, for SHECO, said the crews had a diffi cult time even reaching the affected areas to make repairs due to fl ooding and downed trees. The National Weather Service reported that up to 2.5 inches of rain fell in some parts of the Corrigan area in one hour. Flooding of small streams from rainfall at that rate is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the roadway. . Sam Houston Electric COOP crews, along with contract crews and a right-of-way crew, worked through the night and into Friday to re-establish electricity to nearly 6,000 customers who lost power from the storm. By 11:30 p.m. Friday they had reduced that number of affected customers to less than 200. There were many people helping to clear roads or remove trees from homes after the storm.