Two fronts passed through Jefferson County between 3 and 5 p.m. Monday, the second producing a rain-wrapped tornado spotted by storm watchers north of Ryan and moving east. The same front passed over Ringling, with circulation but no funnel formation reported.
Most damage in Jefferson County was limited to rural areas, where straight line wind damage was noted. Pea- to marble-sized hail fell twice in Waurika and the surrounding area, with minimal damage.
At 4:45 p.m., rain gauges near Waurika Lake had recorded 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 inches of rainfall.
Another front moved into western Jefferson County about 5:15 p.m. but dissipated and produced only light rainfall.
Cotton Electric Cooperative customers in Jefferson County, who get electrical power from the Sugden substation, were without power for about two hours, according to Communications Specialist Karen Kaley.
“There was a primary line pole on the east circuit broken at the Sugden substation and it affected power to 266 members,” Kaley said. “By 6:40 p.m., a portion of that circuit was repaired, although there were still 51 customers without power and crews were searching for a secondary problem.”
In northern Stephens County, Cotton Electric’s Harrisburg substation in the northeastern portion of the county and the Bray substation were affected.
“At 3:45 p.m., there were 1,344 co-op members without power in that area,” Kaley said. “Most of the power was restored within one to two hours.”
Kaley also noted a scheduled power outage Cotton Electric planned for Tuesday at the Sugden substation had been postponed and “it will probably be one to two weeks before it’s rescheduled.”
Rene Spradlin, who works with Jefferson County Management said that Waurika Police Chief and officers drove through Waurika with their sirens on to alert people when a tornado warning was issued in the evening for Jefferson County.
Banner news editor Toni Hopper contributed to this story.