CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - Officials with the National Weather Service's Houston-Galveston office confirmed Wednesday that downburst winds damage caused the damage that occurred in Corrigan when a storm system blew through East Texas Monday.
The NWS officials said there were no cloud rotations that would have indicated a tornado.
Despite no initial reports of severe damage from the National Weather Service, residents said they heard a big roaring noise at approximately 3 p.m. on Sunday. Then they heard trees going over all around them. One woman's roof was ripped completely off by high winds, she said.
"When it started it was just like it was lightning...kaboom! It was lightning, raining real hard," Joe Walker said.
"I didn't even know it happened. All I heard was just a big rolling and all going on. But with all that destruction there...I was just so overwhelmed," Thelma Freeman said.
Johnnie Brooks said she heard a loud cracking noise and then her entire roof caved in.
"The sheet rock just collapsed and so I said 'oh gracious.' And I could see outside. I could see the sky. I said 'Oh my God. The whole roof was gone there,'" Brooks said.
Her house has extensive water damage, she said, and she's lost power. She said her family believed a tornado was causing the damage so they hid in the bathtub.
The skirting on Freeman's house was ripped off, and she had several trees uprooted in her front yard, she said.
Down the street, the Corrigan Housing Authority faced some roof damage, but the biggest threat was a huge tree that was lifted out of the ground by its roots.
Walker said he had no idea the damage was so bad.
"It was just lightning, heavy rain; we didn't think too much about it until we got out," Walker said.
Brooks adds that she has received assistance from the American Red Cross and is hoping her neighbors will also receive help.
No injuries were reported.