Hail, thunderstorms hit Hill Country on Monday

By Richard Zowie —

Dark clouds and thunderstorms visited Gillespie County Monday evening, bringing rain, some hail and power outages, yet minimal damage to area crops.

Fredericksburg and areas in the county reported amounts of rain up to an inch.

Some areas also reported minor damage due to the small amounts of hail that ranged from golf ball- to pea-sized.

Brad Roeder, Gillespie County agent for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, said there was minor damage done to area crops, particularly small grains.

“It was very isolated and involved the bigger hail, nothing it can’t recover from,” he said.

Roeder added that there was some damage done to newly-planted corn.

“The corn is young enough, so it can recover from that,” he added.

Things were mostly calm inside Fredericksburg. Juli Bahlinger, city communications manager, said there were no reports of any damage.

“There were some reports of a power outage, but I assume since we did not get the service call, that it must have been outside the city,” Bahlinger said.

The storm resulted in outages for not only some Central Texas Electric Co-op customers, but also some area drivers.

David Peterson, director of engineering and operations at CTEC, reported there were “several scattered outages” that affected single individuals.

Lightning also hit one pole close to town, tripping a circuit breaker at a substation and affecting about 200 customers.

“We had to work on it for about three hours,” Peterson said.

That outage also resulted in the stoplights at the corner of Washington Street and Friendship Lane going dark. Until the stoplights were back in service, the Fredericksburg Police Department directed traffic.

The storm brought no damage to Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park. Manager Tamara Heimann reported 0.18 inches of rain.

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