Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

Top Stories

May 17, 2013

Wicked weather wreaks havoc

Tornados, heavy rain and large hail make for a dark, destructive evening across North Texas area

By CHRIS AGEE

An estimated 10 tornados touched down across North Texas Wednesday night with reports of softball-sized hail throughout Palo Pinto County.

At least six people are confirmed dead in Granbury as a result of the most significant twister. Forecasters said Thursday tornados in the same storm system hit Cleburne and Millsap.

Damage in Mineral Wells was significant but not as extensive as in some surrounding communities.

According to a Mineral Wells police spokesperson, officers responded to a number of minor accidents and damaged power lines, though the aftermath is less severe than the last major hailstorm about five years ago.

However, businesses in the downtown area lost their roofs to the huge hailstones.

Mineral Wells Fire/EMS reports indicate three power lines were knocked down within about a 10-minute period near 6:30 p.m.

Numerous police and city vehicles were damaged and cars throughout the city now bear broken windshields, deep dents and other evidence of the storm.

A Walmart associate confirmed the retailer was closed between 8 p.m. Wednesday and 10:30 a.m. Thursday to clean up water and debris caused when hail damaged a number of skylights.

“It was a mess,” said Jim Vines, who said he was caught – along with a number of young Pitch, Hit and Run participants – outside during the height of the devastating weather.

“We met at the city park to get a picture taken,” he said. “Everybody was showing up when this hail hit.”

Though the group photograph was cancelled, he said, the young athletes left with lasting memories, nonetheless.

The group quickly sought shelter and waited out the storm, he explained, adding they emerged to find significant property damage.

“We got underneath the gazebo there and we were confined to that space,” Vines recalled. “There was a lady [with a] brand new, five-day-old Cadillac who lost her windshield, back window, and sunroof.”

Text Only
Top Stories
  • David May named Index general manager-editor

    David May, a veteran newspaper executive who served 10-½ years as editor of the Mineral Wells Index, has been appointed general manager and editor of the newspaper, effective immediately.

    April 18, 2014

  • Social media part of PD’s varied arsenal

    Criminals seem to like bragging online of their misdeeds.

    April 18, 2014

  • Martinez cross.JPG Safe, but not home yet

    "Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come... Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." – 1 Timothy 4:6 and 12.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • DSC_2415.jpg Baker 4B town hall meet set

    For those on the fence about the 4B election coming up on May 10, the Mineral Wells Chamber of Commerce is hosting a “townhall” meeting on April 22, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mineral Wells High School in the cafeteria.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • MISSION MW!

    Mineral Wells  — Henry Ford is quoted as saying that, “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

    April 17, 2014

  • wheelchair1.jpg Gift of a chair improves a life

    On most days, Richard Calandini's dog Cricket likes to ride with him to get the mail from the mailbox.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • TxDOT addressing traffic at 1821/180 intersection

    Ever since Wal-Mart Supercenter came to town, things have never been the same.

    April 17, 2014

  • Jenny Phil and Babe.jpg Jr. History Club meets

    Junior History Club of Mineral Wells met at Holiday Hills Country Club for their monthly meeting.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • The Marshes.jpg Marshes onboard with Baker comeback

    Ever since the Baker Hotel's final closing, the center of “main and main,” has been rotting out.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • hazmat3.jpg Truck rollover dumps flammable liquids

    A tractor-trailer rollover on southbound U.S. Highway 281 sent the truck's driver to the hospital and resulted in a spill of more than 5,200 gallons of combustible petroleum distillates into a ditch.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
SmugMug


Click on a photo to see our SmugMug photos

Seasonal Content
AP Video
Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dead at 87 Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Stocks
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.