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Severe Weather in Texas: 1999

Severe weather in Texas can be categorized by two factors: loss of life and the cost of damage estimating over $1 million. The following events were included because they caused an extensive amount of destruction and in some cases, fatalities were also a result of the severe weather.

Jan. 22, 1999: Hail. Brazos County. Golf ball- and softball-sized hail fell in the Bryan-College Station area, resulting in $10 million in damage to cars, homes and offices.

May 1999: Storms, Tornadoes. East, Central, West Texas. Numerous severe weather outbreaks caused damaging winds, large hail, dangerous lightning, and numerous tornadoes. An F-3 tornado moved through downtown area and high school of De Kalb, Bowie County, on the 4th, injuring 22 people and causing $125 million in damage to the community. On the same day, two F-2 tornadoes roared through Kilgore simultaneously. On the 11th, an F-4 tornado moved through parts of Loyal Valley, Mason County, and Castell, Llano County, taking the life of one and injuring six. The 25th saw storms produce 2.5-inch hail in Levelland and Amarillo. The total cost of damages caused by May storms was more than $157 million.

August 1999: Excessive heat throughout the month resulted in 16 fatalities in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. The airport reported 26 consecutive days of 100°F or greater temperatures.

Oct. 12, 2001: Tornado. Hondo. An F2 tornado  caused $20 million in damage. The tornado injured 25 people and damaged the National Guard Armory and a large hangar at the Hondo Airport, as well as nearly two dozen aircraft. Some 150 homes in Hondo and 50 on its outskirts were damaged, and nearly 100 mobile homes were damaged.

Nov. 15, 2001: Rainstorms. Central Texas. Storms caused flash flooding and some weak tornadoes in the Edwards Plateau, South Central and southern portions of North Central regions. Flash flooding caused 8 deaths and 198 injuries.

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