Tornado touches down in Hidalgo County, crosses into Mexico
Fri, 01 Jul 2011 00:04:35 GMT —
The National Weather Service in Brownsville has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Pharr and Hidalgo and then crossed the Rio Grande into Mexico.
Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas confirms authorities investigating reports that the twister touched in the Las Milpas area of the city.
It all happened in a small subdivision off South Cage Boulevard and East Jacobo Street around 6 p.m. Thursday.
Vehicles and homes have reportedly sustained some damage but Chief Villescas said no serious injuries are being reported.
Action 4 News received a report that a car was overturned on the 7700 block of South Cage Boulevard.
Chief Villescas said a driver was hurt after a bit of debris flew through her window, but the extent of her injuries did not require her to be hospitalized.
Meteorologist Alfredo Vega with the National Weather Service that the same tornado was also spotted near the State Farm Arena in Hidalgo.
National Weather Service radar tracked the weather phenomenon across southern Hidalgo County.
There is no threat of another tornado developing.
But Vega said winds in the Hidalgo County tornado were clocked at 100 mph, which would classify it as an F0.
"It's one of the weakest ones but it can still cause damage," Vega said.
Vega said the torando was last seen crossing the Rio Grande and into Mexico.
Reynosa Civil Protection officials told Action 4 News said there are no reports to indicate that a tornado touched down there.
Officials said rains from Tropical Storm Arlene did not cause any major damage in Reynosa but three neighborhoods flooded:
Colonia El Anhelo Colonia Lazaro Cardenas Ampliacion Lazaro Cardenas
Officials said those neighborhoods are located next to the Laguna La Escondida on the city TMs eastside.
The neighborhoods reportedly flooded because they still had standing water from last week TMs rain.
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