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3731983-05-2001:30:00 3 Texas21733312 Harris$500K-$5M-29.83-95.5329.93-95.37
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2008-03-09 03:58:26
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Billy F
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I was 7 years old when this tornado passed by our house in the early morning on 05/20/1983. My house was located at 29-5324.14 n 95-2428.09 w, about 1 mile east of the path listed on this map in Aldine (near Gulfbank and Sweetwater). Just before the tornado passed there was a loud crack of thunder. We could clearly hear the sound like a train as the tornado passed. The pine trees which were the height of a 2 story house in our back yard were bent over touching the ground. The lightning from the storm was almost continuous for what seemed over an hour. We lost power immediately and didn't get sevice restored for about 10 hours. Our neighbor across the street's patio roof was ripped off. The part I remember most was how all the leaves were bowed on all the trees from the high winds. My elementary school (Carrol) located at 29-5410.75 n 95-2424.05 w which was also close to the path had the leaves in the same condition. I remember we had a tornado drill later that day a school because there was a threat for more storms. I'm sure this tornado came closer to our house than the path shown on this map.

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2008-03-10 21:53:15
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TM
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That same day at about 3pm, another mesocyclone thunderstorm crossed over Nederland, (south of Beaumont), causing the roof of the new Jefferson County Airport terminal to collapse, killing one person. I was 13 at the time and attending Central Junior High in Nederland. I remember looking out the window, the sky was totally black with that green tint to the cloud, which is an indication of hail, and hail it did! Window blowing out with golf-ball sized hail blowing in. I was in school that day, and we were all in the hall, with the sound of the storm, the lights going out, and kids screaming and crying, needless to say it was an experience I remember well today at 38 years old! I remember, after the storm passed, the ground covered white with hail, streets flooded, and trees stripped of their leaves. Some years later, I happened across a report from the National weather Service office, that stated that the wind speed was pegged at 100 knots! It was labeled an F2 tornado. I credit this storm personally for inspiring me to pursuit a career in meteorology, and now I do research on such topics.

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