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Strong winds devastate Boerne Market Days

BOERNE, Texas - Residents in Boerne are recovering Saturday night after a storm blew through the town causing damage downtown where dozens of vendors were set up for Market Days.

David Querbach, who runs Market Days in Boerne, said the storm hit at about 5 p.m. in the 100 block of South Main Street.

"We got some rain, next thing you know, there was a strong gust," said Querbach. "And, it started moving the tents, moving the people and some of us went airborne."

Querbach said he wasn't sure if it was a small tornado or just some strong winds that blew through the park downtown, but whatever it was, it was intense. Tents went flying across the grounds, along with tree branches and merchandise and some people were knocked around.

"We were in the canopies, holding on, so they wouldn't blow away," said Heather Jones with Zoka Jos. "But, the tops ripped off and I went two feet in the air. My husband grabbed me and put me back down."

And while no one was seriously injured, vendors at Market Days said there was a lot of damage left behind. Early estimates are between $40,000 to $70,000 worth of damage.

"Pretty much all of our stuff disappeared," said Rob Birkett with Molly's Magic Skirts. "We had three tents that got trashed and stuff spread everywhere. It's a mess."

Despite the damage, Querbach said vendors with items left will be back on Sunday for Market Days in Boerne.


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