Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on December 30, 2006 · 17
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Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas · 17

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Saturday, December 30, 2006
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Austin American-Statesman WORLD, NATION & LOCAL Saturday, December 30, 2006 - jT JL s-" - , r rf'v ... ?- ' 4 v ,' . ' Duane A. Laverty waootkiihinivHKIiaij) Jason Wetzei helps clean up at a home near Groesr Friday. In the town, an elderly man died at an as-beck, east of Waco, that was destroyed by a tornado. V slsted living center for veterans that was also hit; . Oiie killed tornadoes as storms ::-r; slam Texas By Isadora Vail . '; AMKRK ' N KTA'I I Sl N ST W Severe weather swept across Texas on Friday afternoon, killing one and inj uring many.more. Limestone County east of Waco was hardest hit; residents in the town of Groesbeck were moved to emergency locations. The town of 4,500 was devastated when a tornado ripped through homes and killed an elderly man at an assisted living center for veterans. Dozens of people in the town were injured. . ; J "That convalescence center received word, from our understanding, about 30 seconds before the tornado hit them," Limestone County Emergency Management Coordinator Matt Groveton said. "There was one house about two miles west of Groesbeck that was a pile of rubble, and from the rubble, we heard screaming children" he said. "Me and four women lifted a roof off a 14-year-old boy who was trapped underneath." President Bush and first lady Laura Bush were at their ranch near Crawford west of Waco at the time of the tornado sajnin&, and were moved in an armored vehicle to a shelter," ? , At least eight tornadoes were -spotted in parts of Central Texas ; on Friday afternoon, and seven more were seen across the state, ; Lower Colorado River Authority meteorologist Bop Rose said, but they only caused minimal damage to structures. Counties that reported tornadoes, were. Bell, Coryell, Limestone, Leon, Bosque, Erath, Madison, McLennan and Brazos. "This is pretty rare. It' isn't unheard of, but to have an outbreak of this many tornadoes so late in the year is rare," Rose said. ... Several homes in Oglesby, a small town in Coryell County west of Waco, were damaged by a tornado. j The tornadoes were part of a winter weather system that forecasters said could dump as much as 10 inches of snow on parts of the South Plains and Panhandle. "The main culprit of this storm is the one out in Colorado. Then some moisture and warmth was pulled in from the Gulf of Mexico, and a jet stream at the top of it all began that turning effect," Rose said. The system could dump as much as 5 inches of rain on some parts of East Texas as travelers hit the roads for New Year's, National Weather Service meteorologist Robert Barritt said. At about 2:30 p.m. Friday, .some , pea-sized hail . fell in " downtown Austin, said KVUE's Ilona Torok, but it didn't last long. 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