Little effect from spring storm felt in Hopkins County

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Apr. 15, 2007 - What looked like an explosive spring thunderstorm bearing down on Hopkins County Friday night turned out to be more like a lot of bluster.

The same storm that claimed two lives and spawned tornadoes and straight-line wind damage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area brought little more than rain, lightning and a little wind.

Two trees were reported down after the storm came through, one on South Davis Street in Sulphur Springs and one on County Road 1161.

There was also one report of power lines down in Sulphur Springs — about the same location as the tree that fell — and power was reported out in Pine Forest about 9:30 p.m.

While wind speeds were higher than normal, generally around 15 miles per hour, wind gusts didn't exceed 28 mph at the weather station at Sulphur Springs Muncipal Airport. Rainfall totals varied slightly, from 0.62 inches at the airport to about 1 inch at KSST Radio.

Emergency coordinators for the city of Sulphur Springs had opened the emergency operations center at Sulphur Springs Police Department in advance of the storm, but by 9:30 had shut down and gone home.

More rain fell on areas to the south and west. In Greenville, rainfall totals reached 1.69 inches, almost all of it falling 8:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m., and winds gusted to 36 mph. Mineola recorded 1.6 inches, while winds only reached 26 mph.

The best news is that the rains to the west will help fill area reservoirs — Cooper Lake's water level had risen six inches by mid morning Saturday.

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