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Intense But Brief Weather Affected Sulphur Springs Area During Early Monday

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Around midnight on Sunday March 24, 2019 the Early Warning Sirens situated in various areas around Sulphur Springs were heard, alerting residents to impending dangerous weather. The National Weather Service upgraded a Severe Thunderstorm Warning to include a Tornado Warning, and residents were told to take cover. James Terry, on air at the KSST Weather Desk, kept listeners informed of the alerts from the National Weather Service, and apprised of the local direction of movement of the thunderstorm once it entered Hopkins County. The storm brought high winds, brief heavy rain and brief hail during an intense period of time from about 12:15 am to 12:45 am. The storm, after approaching Hopkins County from the northwest where it had caused damage in Collin County, was tracked as moving southeasterly, where it exited Hopkins County during the 1am hour on Monday, March 25, 2019. Apparently, the storm downed a power line across the roadway in the 1400 and 1500 block area of South Broadway in Sulphur Springs. A safety crew remained on the scene through the rest of the night to divert traffic until power crews could clear the area around daylight on Monday.

A concentration of hail in Woodbridge Addition

Thanks to listeners who contacted KSST during and after the storm, we have these reports.

Woodbridge Addition received pea-to-quarter size hail, wind and 1 1/4″ rain

Rocky Ridge got 1/2″ rain with wind and no hail reported.

The neighborhood of South Davis Street and Wesley United Methodist Church on Texas Street received brief heavy rain, high wind and hail that was pea to marble size. The hail fell heavily in some places and more lightly in others, resulting in random pile-ups of hailstones and the ground appearing totally white, while a few feet away, far less hail accumulated.

The KSST Studio also received a brief time of wind, rain and hail during the midnight to 1am time frame, with hailstones reported up to quarter-size.

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Author: Enola Gay

Has enjoyed working for KSST since 1989. Hosts the Good Morning Show with Enola Gay on weekday mornings from 6-9am, so 'start your day with Enola Gay'! Guest interviews during the Morning Show can also be seen in playback on Cable Channel 18 TV. Along with local country music fan Benny Potter, co-produces 1230 West, a Country and Western Swing radio show which airs weekly on Saturdays from 7-8am and repeats on Thursdays from 7-8pm. Also writes "At the Corral Gate", a column appearing weekly in The Millennium Shopper and in the Lifestyles section of ksstradio.com.

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