Third tornado touchdown verified in past two weeks

A weather pattern uncommon and virtually foreign to McCulloch County continues to dump rain on the area, and for the third time in eight days, a tornado has touched down within the boundaries of the county. A line of storms that moved through Wednesday evening was preceded in the Brady city limits by warning sirens and alerts following the reported sighting of a funnel cloud near the Menard and McCulloch County line. McCulloch County Sheriff Deputy Ty Tully confirmed another tornado sighting near the intersection of U.S. Hwy. 190 West and F.M. 1311 (the Hext cutoff). The storm moved in a mostly eastern direction, and skirted the town of Brady and moved on through the southern portions of the county. The only other funnel cloud sighting was reported near Fredonia in southeast McCulloch County by Skywarn storm spotter Angelina Deans. She reported debris and funnel cloud formation approximately one mile west of the Fredonia Peanut Company, but no reports of any actual tornado touchdown or significant wind damage. Rain accompanying the storm dropped another 1.12 inches on the downtown Brady area bringing this year’s total to 15.46 inches. LCRA rain gauges positioned around the region reported totals ranging from 0.55 inch in Eden to 1.12 inches in Melvin, 1.08 inches in Richland Springs, 1.26 inches at the San Saba River south of Brady, and 1.03 inches at the Colorado River at Winchell. Gauges in Rochelle recorded 0.85 inch and San Saba showed 0.84 inch. USGS hydrologic data shows that Brady Lake has risen almost one foot over the past month to an elevation of 1733.5, but compared to one year ago and also to the four year median level, the lake is still three to six feet low. Forecasts are calling for additional chances of rain for the next several days on through the weekend.

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