A new resident moving to Jack County might hear that tornadoes never set down in the county. Some have said according to Indian folklore, Jacksboro will never have a tornado, possibly because of rivers to the west which distract it from its course. It's anyone's speculation. But Jack County and Jacksboro have had tornadoes. After watching stories of tornadoes and deaths in Granbury last week and in Oklahoma yesterday, residents are asking questions and making plans. There were some tornadoes that hit down in Alvord, Bowie and Wise County in the last few days, with very little warning. Some residents said they waited for the roar, but there was just an eerie calm right before their roof blew off. Jacksboro experienced thunderstorm and hail warnings Monday evening and Tuesday.
Rain was welcomed Monday and Tuesday afternoon in Jacksboro, but the hail that accompanied it was not received with open arms. Reportedly only pea-sized,
Rain was welcomed Monday and Tuesday afternoon in Jacksboro, but the hail that accompanied it was not received with open arms. Reportedly only pea-sized, many were scrambling for cover Monday evening. The Ladies of Faith meeting was cancelled and the play at the middle school auditorium was delayed. However, the show must go on, so Eurydice commenced 20 minutes late. (Photo by Pam Hudson)
There were pea-sized hail and a few 1/2 inch sized hail that fell Monday, with a little spattering of pea-sized hail Tuesday. The rain is very welcomed in this area, but storm spotters have been busy reporting on the weather all over the county. Jack County Judge Mitchell Davenport recently notified residents that the Jack County Courthouse is not a good place to come in a tornado. Due to glass entrances, "the basement hallway would become a virtual wind tunnel filled with flying debris in the event of a tornado strike there," the notification stated. The courthouse is closed during bad weather. This might be a change from past years when it seemed the place for city residents to go in bad weather. Now, the Twin Lakes Activity Center is considered a safe place to be in an emergency, but the worst place to be caught in a tornado is in your car. The notification included helpful information from the National Weather Service website: "At home, have a family tornado plan in place, based on the kind of dwelling in which you live. Know where you can take shelter in a matter of seconds, and practice a family tornado drill at least once a year. Have a pre-determined place to meet after a disaster. Flying debris is the greatest danger in tornadoes; so store protective coverings (e.g., mattress, sleeping bags, thick blankets, etc) in or next to your shelter space, ready to use with a few seconds' notice. When a tornado watch is issued, think about the drill and check to make sure all your safety supplies are handy. Turn on local TV, radio or NOAA Weather Radio and stay alert for warnings. Forget about the old notion of opening windows to equalize pressure; the tornado will blast open the windows for you. If you shop frequently at certain stores, learn where there are bathrooms, storage rooms or other interior shelter areas away from windows, and the shortest ways to get there. "In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room (like a bathroom or closet), under a stairwell, or in an interior hallway with no windows. Crouch as low as possible to the floor, facing down; and cover your head with your hands. A bath tub may offer a shell of partial protection. Even in an interior room, you should cover yourself with some sort of thick padding (mattress, blankets, etc.), to protect against falling debris in case the roof and ceiling fail. A helmet can offer some protection against head injury. In a mobile home: Get out! Even if your home is tied down, it is not as safe as an underground shelter or permanent, sturdy building. Go to one of those shelters, or to a nearby permanent structure, using your tornado evacuation plan. Most tornadoes can destroy even tied-down mobile homes; and it is best not to play the low odds that yours will make it." A more detailed article with more quotes will appear in Friday's Herald.