Waco, TX Tornado, Aug 1925

Small Cyclone Strikes Waco

Woman and Children Barely Escape as Building Is Blown In.

Special to The News.
Waco, Texas, Aug. 13 - Wind of cyclonic proportions caused considerable damage in East Waco Thursday afternoon, unroofing houses, blowing down trees and doing other damage.

As far as could be learned no one was hurt, but Mrs. C. C. MOORE of Austin, with her two small children, 9 and 12 years old, narrowly escaped death. The family arrived here Wednesday night and were camped in East Waco, in the path of the storm. As the rain came up Mrs. MOORE and her children rushed to an abandoned gin house near by. They had scarcely entered the abandoned shack when W. M. GOODE, living in a small house close by, observed a wind of high velocity approaching. He called to Mrs. MOORE, urging her to abandon her temporary place of refuge. She and her children had barely emerged from the gin house when the structure was demolished by the force of the wind.

The corrugated roof of the gin house was blown off and wrapped around trees.

A brick warehouse was unroofed, while a portion of the wall was blown down. Path of the storm was erratic, being probably 100 yards wide at the point where it was most extensive. The breaking of power and light circuits deprived local establishments of light for about two hours Thursday afternoon.

Rain which fell here Thursday afternoon assumed freakish aspects, being what might be termed as "spotted" rain in the corporate limits of Waco. While the precipitation in the business part of the city totaled perhaps .25 of an inch, no rain fell in the northern and northwestern parts of Waco.

One example of the unusual rain was witnessed at Austin and Twenty-First streets, where City Weather Observer I. BLOCK lives. At this point rain fell on the south side of Austin street, with none in evidence on the north side of Austin street.

The rain, which was not general in McLennan County or Central Texas, according to telephone reports here, followed the hottest day of the month with maximum temperature of 102.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 14 Aug 1925