The fast moving thunderstorms that moved across South Texas Thursday damaged several classrooms at the Mary Harper Middle School in Dilley, in Frio County.
Classes were in session when heavy rains moved into the city.
"The kids got a little bit scared but they handled it really well,” said Principal Jo Ellen Fisk.
Fisk said high winds accompanied the rain.
“We had trees all over this place yesterday,” she said as she and her staff cleaned up flooded classrooms on Friday.
Though ceilings had come apart in some classrooms and computer equipment was damaged, Fisk said the damage was not her primary concern.
It was her students that she was concerned about.
“Just keeping them away from windows was our concern,” Fisk said. “We had them in the safest place possible, which is in the hallways.”
On Friday, all classes were held in the school’s gymnasium and auditorium.
As she and Dilley Police Lt. Brian Noe surveyed the damage on Friday, Fisk agreed with Noe’s conclusion concerning the storm.
“We dodged a bullet, no doubt”, he said.
Fisk said they still have not determined an exact damage estimate at the school.
Wilson County sustains storm damage
The National Weather Service said areas near Poth and Kosciusko in Wilson County received storm damage Thursday afternoon when severe thunderstorms pushed through South Central Texas.
After surveying the area, primarily along County Road 541 and points east of Highway 123, no tornado was confirmed. most of the wind damage appears to be the result of straight line winds originating from a microburst.
The majority of damage was to trees, crops and local business. Of note was the extensive crop damage by wind-blown hail.