Storm brings some relief to a parched Hopkins County
Bruce Alsobrook | News-Telegram Editor

"Let it rain, let it rain, let it rain" is what many people were saying during the blessed storm as it rolled in bringing us rain Friday. Others were wishing that they had an umbrella like Garnett and Marabeth Russell, right, in the Sulphur Springs Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot.
Staff photo by Angela Pitts

July 1, 2005 -- The prayers have finally been answered, at least a little bit.

After one of the driest Junes on record, precipitation finally came to visit Hopkins County again on the first day of July as a storm front moved through the area.

The National Weather Service issued a special weather statement about 10:30 a.m. warning of a line of thunderstorms headed for Hopkins County that carried heavy rainfall, hail up to one-half inch in diameter, and winds of up to 50 miles per hour.

As the storm front moved in, winds whipped the branches of trees and sent leaves whirling through the air, and the temperature dropped 15 degrees in less than 45 minutes.

The storm front weakened as it entered Hopkins County, but a gentle rain nevertheless began falling after 11 a.m. Shortly before 1 p.m., the National Weather Service registered 0.02 inches of rain at the Sulphur Springs Municipal Airport, with more precipitation on the way.

The storm brings some relief to a parched region. Hopkins County Judge Cletis Millsap earlier this week urged citizens to exercise extreme caution when burning trash and brush outdoors, citing the threat of wildfires. Millsap said an emergency order banning all outdoor burning would be issued July 4 if no significant rainfall fell in the county.

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