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May 17, 2013

Cleburne declared disaster area after strong storms

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Kam Wu described the tornado as a terrifying experience.

“We got in a closet downstairs,” Wu said. “We had to hold the doorknob really tight. When we got out broken glass had flown around everywhere.”

Koon Wu said the roof of their second floor is gone including the whole side wall of their master bedroom.

“The brick on the left, south and west side looked like it was falling off,” Wu said.

A fountain and tree in their yard also sustained heavy damage, he said.The couple said the storm caught them by surprise.

“We were watching TV and had the weather radio on,” Koon Wu said. “Five minutes before we were outside looking across the lake because we’d heard about a possible funnel cloud but everything was still and calm and we thought the storm had probably gone by. All the sudden the wind started to blow so we hid downstairs in the closet probably a minute before it blew in.”

Kam Wu counted her blessings.

“We’re lucky we weren’t upstairs asleep already.”

Cain said several others came and went to the conference center early Thursday morning.

“We’re probably going to see a lot more activity there today because we’re setting that up as a central location for people to go to,” Cain said. “Right now though our main focus is to help anyone who needs a place to stay.”

Cleburne resident Sid Davis said he heard the tornado come through, but it appeared to cause only minor tree damage to his property.

“I got some hail and minor tree damage,” Davis said. “...I’m a little north of the hardest hit area and think I should be OK. My power went out before it came through. I was outside when the power went out and thought, ‘OK, time to get inside.’ I heard it go though, sounded like a freight train.”

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